BBC News- 9th April
Twenty-three other defendants were acquitted and one other died during the trial. Most of the defendants were Hindus.
They were accused of burning 23 Muslims to death in a house where they had taken shelter from rioting mobs.
Muslims were blamed for starting the train fire, and Hindu mobs eager for revenge went on the rampage through Muslim neighbourhoods in towns and villages across Gujarat in three days of violence following the incident.
The case refers to killings that took place in Ode village on 1 March, 2002 a few days after the Godhra train deaths.
A mob of around 2,000 people went through the village targeting Muslim homes and killed 23 Muslims, mostly women and children, who had taken shelter in one house.
The Ode massacre is the third verdict out of 10 key incidents that took place during the riots that is being probed by an independent Special Investigating Team (SIT) set up in 2008 after a Supreme Court directive.
The 47 accused were charged with murder, conspiracy, rioting, unlawful assembly, attempt to murder and destruction of evidence by the SIT.
Sentencing is expected to be announced later this week.
In November 2011, a court sentenced 31 people for burning to death 33 Muslims near Sardarpura village in Gujarat.
Gujarat’s authorities have been accused of not doing enough to stop the riots.
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