Indian court acquits 6 men of killing 3 British men during 2002 religious riots

A court in western India has acquitted six men accused of killing three British tourists during religious riots in 2002.

The court in Gujarat state said Friday that it found no evidence against the accused.

The three British Muslims were killed in the riots that erupted in Gujarat state after a train filled with Hindu pilgrims was attacked by a Muslim mob in a small town. A fire broke out — it remains unclear whether it was arson — and 60 Hindus burned to death.

In retaliation, more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the state.

The three British men and their driver were pulled from their car and set on fire by rioters.