Decide P B Desai acquitted 36 others for lack of proof over the killing of 69 Muslims sheltering in a residential advanced within the metropolis of Ahmedabad through the riots.
Celebrations erupted within the courtroom room in Ahmedabad after the verdicts had been learn out, with victims and their households clapping and thanking the decide.
“I’m comfortable 24 accused had been convicted however unhappy that 36 others have been acquitted. That is incomplete justice and I’ll struggle until the top,” Zakia Jafri, whose husband was killed within the bloodbath, informed reporters.
The bloodbath was one of many single worst incidents of the days-long riots that swept throughout Gujarat and left greater than 1,000 folks lifeless in whole.
Greater than 300 witnesses gave proof through the years-long trial that was delayed for thus lengthy by petitions and appeals that a number of of the unique accused died.
Prosecutors are in search of life in jail for all accused of storming the Gulbarg Society advanced and burning and hacking to dying Muslims who had been hiding there.
The riots have lengthy dogged Modi who as Gujarat chief minister was accused of turning a blind eye to the violence, claims that he denies.
The violence was triggered by the dying of 59 Hindu pilgrims and nationalists in a practice hearth on Feb 27, 2002 that was initially blamed on Muslims.
Hindus offended for revenge rampaged by means of Muslim neighbourhoods in a few of India’s worst non secular riots since independence from Britain and partition in 1947. Greater than 1,000 folks, most of them Muslims, had been killed in three months of violence that hit the state after that. Riot-related instances usually transfer slowly by means of India’s creaky authorized system.
Greater than 100 folks have already been convicted over the riots.