Former Indian minister among those found guilty of Gujarat deaths

Maya Kodnani was a state legislator at the time of the 2002 outbreak of religious violence


32 people, including a former state minister, were found guilty by a court in western India for charges from murder to rioting for religious violence that occurred in 2002.

The violence was some of the country’s worst since its independence from Britain in the late 40s. It started with a train fire in February 2002 that killed 60 Hindu pilgrims. Muslims were blamed, which led to weeks of rioting, Hindu mobs rampaging and burning Muslim homes and businesses.

More than 1,100 people were killed or went mission, most of whom were Muslim.

Maya Kodnani is included among the convicted, a state legislator at the time who then became minister of education and child welfare in Gujarat state government. In 2009, she was arrested for murder and criminal conspiracy and has been jailed since.

The court has acquitted 29 others and hasn’t yet announced the sentences.

The convictions in this case were for murders and rioting in Naroda Patiya, an industrial town outside of Ahmadabad, Gujarat’s main city. 95 people died.

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Former Indian minister among those found guilty of Gujarat deaths

  1. Delivering the judgment yesterday, the court slammed the Modi government, terming the 2002 communal conflagration as “negligence of the state” and censured it for “inaction”, holding that it had resulted in an “anarchic” situation. “Even if we, for the sake of argument, accept the defense of the state that the cause of riot was a general reaction to the Sabarmati Express incident, the failure on part of police to gather intelligence about such general reaction (after the Godhra train burning incident) in time and to take appropriate timely action definitely come within expression ‘negligence of the state’,” the court said.

  2. Chief minister Narendra Modi didn’t spell out any apology for the 2002 riots, during his speech. But he gave indication that he wants this history to be buried. Addressing people before starting his fast on Saturday, Modi asked them to forget the past and be part of the development spree. His choice of words and tone of speech were aimed at conveying a sense of regret, especially to the Muslim community.

  3. First Modi must answer where are the missing children of Gujarat…he must answer what happened in 2002, he must answer who killed Haren Pandya, he must answer that why no Lokayukta in Gujarat, he must answer what CAG report says about his corrupt…before the even think to be PM

  4. gujarat ma 2002 ma je thayu che ae aji gujarat na loko bhuli nahi sakata ane modi saheb aji aevu vichare che ke gujarat ma mare raj karavo hoy to biji var mare avo mot no khel karavo padase guajrat ma pan gujarat saraakr modi ni same tapas kem nahi karati kem modi 2002 no sacho gunegar che

  5. 2002 ma gujarat ma godhara pachi akha gujarat ma komi nikali padya aenu karan modi saheb che jemane gujarat na loko ne mraya ane marayaa che modi gujarat na raj karava aavu badhu kare che

  6. gujarat ma modi raj chalava mate gujarat ma 2002 ma godhara kad karyo che aema modi jevano hat che modi gujarat nu nam kharab karyu che aevane jel ma puri ne fasi apvi joye

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