Ahemadabad, June 17: The Special SIT Court hearing the case of the post-Godhra Gulberg society massacre on Friday pronounced the quantum of punishment on 24 accused for killing 69 Muslims, including Congress MP Ehsan Jaffri,  in 2002. 11 people were sentenced to life imprisonment, while 12 others got seven years in jail and one other, Mangilal Jain, got 10 years in jail. The sentence comes after weeks and weeks of adjournments and deliberations, with the prosecution pushing for the strictest punishment. Also Read - 2002 Godhra Riots: Nanavati-Mehta Commission Gives Clean Chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The verdict had convicted 11 people of serious crimes like murder and other offences, while 13 others, including VHP leader Atul Vaidya were convicted for indirect involvement in the massacre and lesser offences. Meanwhile, 36 others had been acquitted by the court, due to lack of evidence against them. Arguments on the quantum of punishment came to an end on June 13. Special public prosecutor and SIT counsel R C Kodekar had, during the arguments, submitted various Government Resolutions regarding the compensation to be given to the survivors and relatives of victims of Gulberg. ALSO READ: Gulberg society massacre: Zakia Jafri disappointed with verdict Also Read - Bilkis Bano Case: Give Rs 50 Lakh Compensation, Job And Accommodation to 2002 Riots Gangrape Victim, SC Directs Gujarat Govt

However, the Court had responded saying that there did not exist any straight jacket formula for deciding the compensations for the victims’ kin, in this case. The judge had asked, “Compensation to whom ? on what basis? to what extent ? It’s not as simple as you are demanding. How long we will drag this case ?” The prosecution had sought harsher punishment, arguing that the case was ‘rarest of the rare’ and the quantum of punishment should reflect that and serve a message to the society  that such acts will not be tolerated. Also Read - 2002 Gujarat Riots: Supreme Court Adjourns Hearing on Zakia Jafri's Plea Challenging Clean Chit to PM Modi Till July