The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday welcomed the verdict given by a special court in Gujarat that convicted 23 of the 47 people accused in a case related to the 2002 communal riots in the state.
The court acquitted 23 people while one accused died during trial.
Senior BJP leader Balbir Punj told reporters: "Today the decision of the court in connection to the Gujarat riots came out. It is a blow to all those people who claimed that proper justice cannot be done in Gujarat. Instead, fair justice happened in Gujarat."
The verdict, the quantum of punishment in which is set to be announced later, comes over a decade after a mob killed 23 Muslims, including three children, in the Ode village of Gujarat´s Anand district.
The massacre had sparked when an agitated mob of about 2,000 gathered near Pirawali Bhagol in the Ode town on March 1, 2002 and set a house on fire in which a small group of Muslims had taken shelter, burning 23 people, mostly women and children, to death.