Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Friday upheld the conviction 14 accused and acquitted 4 others in the Ode massacre case of Anand. The case pertains to the killings of 23 Muslims at Ode in Anand in the subsequent communal riots after the infamous Godhra train burning incident.

On March 1, 2008, 23 Muslims of Piriwali Bhagol in Ode village were set on fire after communal clashes broke out in the Anand district of Gujarat. 46 people were charged with rioting, causing damage to property and murder and were arrested but got out on bail. After several hearings, on April 12, 2012, Justice Poonam Singh of a special court convicted 23 people, out of which 18 were sentenced to life imprisonment.

The accused had challenged their sentence at the Gujarat high court and was heard by a bench of Justice Akil Qureshi and Justice BN Karia. Out of these 18 men, Punam Patel, Nathu Patel, Dilip Patel and Harish Patel were acquitted of their charges. Harish had died in the prison during the course of the trial. The high court also upheld the 7-year term of 5 other accused.