Naroda Patiya verdict proof of BJP's role in Gujarat riots: Digvijay

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 09:50 hrs

Congress party leader Digvijay Singh on Wednesday welcomed the verdict in Naroda Patiya massacre case, saying that it has proved the role of BJP leaders in post-Godhra riots and claimed that the pogrom was carried out with support of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

"Now it is proved that ministers and officials of BJP were involved in Gujarat riots and all this happened under the guidance of Modi...can any minister (take part in riots) do this without the support of the Chief Minister?" asked Digvijay.

Digvijay also strongly pitched for the need to probe the role of Modi.

A trial court in Ahmedabad on Wednesday convicted 32 people and acquitted 29 others in the Naroda Patiya massacre case which took place during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Naroda, Maya Kodnani, and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi, too, have been convicted in the case.

Kodnani, who is the first BJP leader to be convicted in a riot case, was the sitting MLA when the massacre in which 97 people were killed on February 28, 2002 took place.

Kodnani and Bajrangi have been convicted under Indian Penal Code Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder).

The Naroda Patiya massacre is the largest single case of mass murder during the 2002 Gujarat riots that broke out following the Sabarmati Express train carnage near Godhra station.

The case has been probed by a Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigating Team (SIT). (ANI)

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