Indian ex-minister jailed for Gujarat Muslim massacre
Sat Sep 1, 2012 4:33PM
Acts of communal violence are brutal, inhuman and shameful. It was a clear incident of human rights violation as 97 people were killed brutally within a day which included helpless women, children, aged persons." Principal Judge Jyotsna YagnikAn Indian court has sentenced a senior member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to 28 years in prison for her part in the killing of Muslims in Gujarat state during widespread riots in 2002. Maya Kodnani, who served as a minister in Gujarat's Hindu nationalist state government from 2007-2009, has been sentenced to "enhanced life imprisonment". Thirty other people have also been sentenced to life imprisonment for their part in the killing of Muslims in Ahmadabad, the main city in Gujarat state. Principal Judge Jyotsna Yagnik announced the ruling on Friday saying, Kodnani was the kingpin of the riots. "Acts of communal violence are brutal, inhuman and shameful. It was a clear incident of human rights violation as 97 people were killed brutally within a day which included helpless women, children, aged persons,” Yagnik added.
The 2002 Gujarat riots were triggered after a train carrying Hindu pilgrims was attacked and set on fire allegedly by a Muslim mob in Gujarat.After the train attack, more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed during weeks of sectarian violence. The Gujarat violence left tens of thousands of Muslims homeless as the Hindu mobs set fire to Muslim homes and businesses. TNP/JR