Six people accused of burning three British tourists to death following riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002 have been acquitted.
The special trial court ruled that there was a lack of sufficient evidence against the accused in the case where the Brits and their Indian driver were killed at Prantij town in Sabarkantha district.
A Hindu mob was accused of burning the three British Muslims in riots sparked after 60 Hindus were killed in a train fire. The rioters stopped the car the tourists were in at a road block when they were returning to Gujarat after a visit to Jaipur.
Imran Dawood and his UK-based uncles Saeed Dawood, Shakeel Dawood and Mohammad Aswat were attacked by a mob a day after the train fire.Saeed and Shakeel Dawood, and Aswat along with their car driver Yusuf Piraghar, a local, were burnt alive by the mob on National Highway No. 8 on February 28, 2002.
However Imran Dawood managed to save himself. Mithanbhai Patel, Prahlad Patel, Ramesh Patel, Manoj Patel, Rajesh Patel and Kalubhai Patel, were all cleared of the charges.
More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the riots and rights groups say the Gujarat government has failed to bring justice for the victims.
The family of the British men led a lengthy campaign for justice, and unsuccessfully called on the UK Home Office to deny prime minister Narendra Modi a visa to visit Britain.
Modi, who was the chief minister of Gujarat at the time, was blamed for not doing enough to stop the riots - a charge he has always denied. He was exonerated in 2008 following a state inquiry.
US-based monitoring group Human Rights Watch accused the Gujarat authorities last week of harassing rights activists rather than pursuing justice for the victims.
Maya Kodnani, a former aide to Modi, was handed 28 years in jail for her part in murdering 97 people in the riots ten years after the unrest. Also in 2012, 22 people were convicted of killing 11 members of a family in Mehasana district during the riots.