We welcome the judgement on the Naroda Patiya massacre!!!
In a landmark verdict the trial court in Ahmedabad has convicted 32 persons including former minister in the Narendra Modi government, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Naroda, Maya Kodnani, and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi.
Both Kodnani and Bajrangi have been convicted under Indian Penal Code Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder). These sections under which Kodnani and Bajrangi have been convicted carry the minimum sentence of life term and the maximum of death penalty.
Though 29 others including some key conspirators have been acquitted ,this verdict has surely come as a huge shot in the arm for the many victim-survivors of the Gujarat Carnage and for the many others who have been relentlessly campaigning for TRUTH AND JUSTICE!
Now we await the day TRUTH and JUSTICE will complete triumph in Gujarat!!!
Fr. Cedric Prakash sj
PRASHANT (A Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace)
Hill Nagar, Near Kamdhenu Hall, Drive-in Road, Ahmedabad - 380052,