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Indian court convicts 24 over 2002 Gujarat massacre




AHMEDABAD: An Indian court on Thursday convicted as many as 24 people over a mass execution during religious riots in 2002 in the Gujarat state of India.

The massacre in which the extremists killed 69 Muslims sheltering in a residential complex in the city of Ahmadabad during the riots, happened 14 years ago when the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat state.

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According to media reports, a session court judge PB Desai ordered to release 36 others due to lack of evidence.

Celebrations erupted in the courtroom in Ahmadabad after the verdicts were read out, with victims’ families clapping and thanking the judge.

Zakia Jafri, a family member of one of the victims told reporters that she is happy 24 accused were convicted but sad that 36 others have been acquitted.

Zakiya Jaffri, remembering her husband, Ehsan Jaffri, a Muslim politician and  a member of 6th Lok Sabha, who was killed in the Gujarat Massacre in 2002.
Zakiya Jaffri, remembering her husband, Ehsan Jaffri, a Muslim politician and a member of 6th Lok Sabha, who was killed in the Gujarat Massacre in 2002.

“This is incomplete justice and I will fight till the end,” said Zakia, whose husband was killed in the massacre.

One of the worst incidents across Gujarat left more than 1,000 people dead in total. The violence was triggered by the death of 59 Hindu pilgrims in a train fire on February 27, 2002, that was initially blamed on Muslims.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.