Ahmedabad: A special court will pronounce its verdict today in the 2002 Naroda Gam communal riots case of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Eleven persons from the minority community were killed in communal violence in Naroda Gam.
The trial is undergoing against 86 people including former Gujarat minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Maya Kodnani, Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi and former VHP President and several other right-wing leaders. Out of 86 accused, 18 have died so far. Special court judge has directed all the accused to remain present before the court today. before
Around eleven persons were killed in communal violence in Naroda Gam area of Ahmedabad city on February 28, 2002, during a bandh called for protest. The prosecution and defence examined 187 and 57 witnesses, respectively, during the trial that started in 2010 and went on for nearly 13 years with six judges successively presiding over the case.
Maya Kodnani, who was part of the cabinet when present Prime Minister Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, was convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison. However, Kodnani was later acquitted by the Gujarat High Court. This riot was one of the nine major communal riots in the year 2022 and the case was investigated by the SIT.