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Godhra train case convict sentenced to death, jumps parole

PTI 19 Nov 2014, 23:09:34 PM IST

Vadodara: The central jail authorities here today sounded an alert after Salim Jarda, one of the accused in Godhra train burning case who was awarded death penalty, jumped the parole.

“Salim Yusuf Zarda, who was sentenced to death in Godhra train carnage case, had jumped his 15-day parole which ended on Tuesday. We have sent a written communication to Godhra Deputy Superintendent of Police, asking him to arrest Zarda,” a jail official said here.

“Zarda was given parole by the Gujarat High Court on November 3 to attend to some house renovation work. He was supposed to report back yesterday,” the official said.

Zarda is one of the 31 convicts in the case related to the deaths of 59 people after two coaches of Sabarmati Express were set on fire at Godhra station on February 27, 2002.

Zarda along with ten others were given death penalty by the special trial court in March 2011. Their appeals are pending before the High Court.