An Indian courtroom has acquitted 69 Hindus, together with a former minister from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Get together, of the homicide of 11 Muslims throughout communal riots within the western state of Gujarat in 2002.
The killings occurred in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002, a day after a suspected Muslim mob set hearth to a prepare carrying Hindu pilgrims, setting off certainly one of unbiased India’s worst outbreaks of spiritual bloodshed.
A complete of 86 Hindus have been accused of the killings within the Naroda Gam district of Ahmedabad, 17 of whom died throughout trial.
All of the accused have been free on bail.
“We’ve got been saying from the primary day that they have been framed,” defence lawyer Chetan Shah, who represented 82 of the accused, stated.
“A number of the accused weren’t current on the scene on the day of the incident.”
Shamshad Pathan, who represented the victims, stated they might problem the courtroom’s resolution in the next courtroom.
“Justice has eluded the victims as soon as once more. We are going to examine the grounds on which the courtroom has acquitted the accused individuals,” Pathan stated.
These acquitted embrace Maya Kodnani, a former minister of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP, who was a lawmaker on the time of the riots, former Bajrang Dal chief Babu Bajrangi and Vishwa Hindu Parishad chief Jaydeep Patel.
Bajrang Dal and VHP are Hindu nationalist teams and have shut hyperlinks to the BJP.
Kodnani was additionally an accused in a case during which 97 folks have been killed within the 2002 riots.
She was convicted however later acquitted by the next courtroom.
Not less than 1000 folks, principally Muslims, have been killed throughout Gujarat within the 2002 riots.
Activists put the toll at over twice that quantity.
Critics accused Modi, who was chief minister on the time, of failing to guard Muslims.
Modi denied the allegations and a Supreme Courtroom-ordered investigation discovered no proof to prosecute him.
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