Gujarat riots 2002: 32 convicted in Naroda Patiya trial
Ten years after the Gujarat riots in 2002, a special court in the state Wednesday convicted 32 people, including a former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister and a Bajrang Dal leader, for the massacre of 97 people in Naroda Patiya locality of Gujarat.
The trial court today found 32 persons guilty including former minister and then BJP legislator Mayaben Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi.
The court also acquitted 29 people in the case.
This is the first time in Gujarat riot 2002 case that any senior BJP leader has been convicted in the trial.
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 in which a total of 97 people were killed in the industrial locality of Naroda on February 28, 2002.
This massacre was 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).
The cases were filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including of murder and conspiracy. The maximum punishment is death, said a lawyer.
--With Agencies Inputs--
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