Naroda: 32 convicts to be sentenced today

Last Updated: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 15:14 hrs

A special court in Ahmedabad on Friday will pronounce the quantum of punishment for the 32 convicts in the Naroda Patiya massacre case of 2002 Gujarat riots.

The court on Wednesday convicted 32 people including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister (woman) Maya Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi in the case.

Both Maya and Babu have been convicted under Sections 302 (murder) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), reports said.

The court acquitted 29 people.

At least 95 people belonging to a minority community were killed by a rioting mob that had attacked Naroda Patiya area on Feb 28, 2002.

The Gujarat Police first investigated the case before the Supreme Court in 2009 and appointed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe it.

The SIT had registered cases against Maya and several others in connection with the case.

She was also arrested in connection with the matter.

Three accused died during the trial.

The remaining 61 accused were tried for rioting, murder and arson.

Pertinently, most of the accused are currently out on bail.

The Naroda Patiya case is one of the worst massacre incidents that occurred during the infamous 2002 Gujarat riots.

The infamous Gujarat riots of 2002 left hundreds of Muslims dead, injured and tortured and came as a blot in the BJP rule in the state.

The riots followed an incident of train burning in Godhra in which Hindus returning from Ayodhya were killed by a Muslim mob.

Around 1,000 supporters of prime accused Maulvi Umarjihad attacked the coach at the Godhra station and torched it killing 59 people and injuring many.

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