The owner of a school and its principal are among 10 people found guilty in 2004 Kumbakonam school fire tragedy in which more than 94 children were burnt alive in Tamil Nadu.
11 others including three teachers have been acquitted.
The final arguments concluded at the District and Sessions Court in Thanjavur(Tamil Nadu) on July 17. Though there were 24 accused initially, the state government had withdrawn the charges against three of them.
Of the total of 501 witnesses, 230 were examined during the trial, which included survivors (children) and parents of the 94 children, who lost their lives.
The tragic incident which brought to light poor safety conditions for children in schools across the country occurred on July 14, 2004 in Kumbakonam, when a fire sparked from the make-shift noon meal kitchen spread to the thatched hut in the first floor and killed 94 children. At the time of the incident, over 200 children were in the thatched roof class room.