India court convicts 24 over Gujarat massacre
June 2, New Delhi: An Indian court has found 24 people guilty of involvement in one of the most notorious massacres during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat.
The special court acquitted 36 others in the so-called Gulbarg Society killings in Ahmedabad city. The sentencing is scheduled for Monday.
A mob attacked the complex, hacking and burning 69 people to death.
The riots were some of the worst since Indian independence. More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, died after a train fire killed 60 Hindu pilgrims, BBC reported.
Muslims were blamed for starting the train fire, and Hindu mobs eager for revenge went on the rampage through Muslim neighbourhoods in towns and villages across Gujarat during three days of violence that followed.
Critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the state chief minister at the time, say he did little to stop the riots.
Judge PB Desai said there was no evidence that the attack was planned and dropped charges of criminal conspiracy against the accused.
Ehsan Jafri, a prominent Muslim politician and a former Congress party MP, was among those killed, reports said.
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