Judgment day for Naroda Patiya

Judgment expected on massacre case in which BJP MLA Maya Kodnani is among 61 accused.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: August 29, 2012 4:37:39 am

A special court here is expected to pronounce its judgment on Wednesday in the Naroda Patiya massacre case in which BJP MLA and former minister Dr Maya Kodnani is among the 61 accused.

Naroda Patiya

The massacre,which left 97 people dead,is said to be the most gruesome among the post-Godhra riots of 2002.

It’s one of the nine cases of 2002 riots that were handed over to a Special Investigation Team (SIT) by the Supreme Court for further investigation.

Naroda Patiya

On February 28,2002,mobs attacked the predominantly Muslim locality of Naroda Patiya in the morning and continued their rampage till night,allegedly damaging mosques,looting properties looted and raping girls,besides killing people and burning their bodies.

Naroda Patiya

The accused in the case were carrying weapons like tridents,swords,gas cylinders,pistols,hockey sticks,iron pipes and stones,besides inflammable material.

The trial in the case,which began on October 8,2010,was conducted by designated judge,Dr Jyotsana Yagnik.

The prosecution has examined around 327 witnesses in the case.

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