Saturday, September 01, 2012

Press Release by CJP on Naroda Patiya sentencing

September 1, 2012

Press Release

The Citizens for Justice and Peace describes as exemplary the sentencing meted out to those accused convicted in the Naroda Patiya massacre. At this stage, reiterating the contribution of the entire CJP team in Ahmedabad and Mumbai including the legal team we would like to provide basic information from the Court records on the Incident and the role of the accused.
CJP will upload the judgement on its website as soon as it is available.(

Witness Protection
Sixty Five witnesses, most of whom are also survivors of the worst ever massacre of 2002 were provided legal assistance by the CJP Team. This entailed daily attendance at the trial, ensuring continued protection of witnesses, presence at the local police station when threats and intimidations occurred (this happened at least two dozen, that is 24 times during the trial) and timely applications and coordination with the SIT nodal officers to ensure protection.
To understand how victims and witnesses were protected we need to go back to 2004-- CJP had through the Amicus Curaie in the SC Harish Salve moved an application for the protection of all key witnesses and victims of the nine major cases including the victim witnesses of the Naroda Patiya masasacre in 2004. Through a detailed order, individual and cluster protection  by the CISF these victim survivors have enjoyed unprecedented and unique protection enabling them to carry out their business and lives without fear. Then after SIT completed its investigations and when the SC was lifting the stay on the trials to enable them to begin, we reiterated concerns through written applications in our petition in the SC. The Final Order of the SC (dated 1-5-2009) ordering Special Courts to begin the trials directs specifically that SIT oversees this protection by the CISF. Dr Raghavan asked CJP to outline a scheme that we have done in writing (2009).This has been unique to the trials in Gujarat supervised by the SC and has ensured that Victims had the security to seek justice, complain several times about attempts at threat and inducement. This example also makes a strong case for an enduring witness protection programme in the country.

The Incident (Documented through Evidence in Court)
Role of Smt Mayabehn Kodnani
In this case, according to the evidence, the accused persons and the a mob off persons belonging to the majority community gathered between 8.30-9 am on 28-2-02 and have thereafter committed criminal acts. Crowds were also gathered near Noorani Mosque and this crowd had started swelling. The crowds had come from  Krishangnagar  and Nartaj hotel  and these crowds  were gathered  on road  between  Noorani Mosque and ST workshop. At this point, Mayaben Kodnani   had come there with her bodyguard Kirpalsing, had incited and excited the crowd to attack and kill Muslims (“Cut off Miyans” (Muslims). Encouraged to violence members of the murderous mob began their attack on  Noorani Mosque,  had set it on fire  and thereafter, while the police watched, following the directions and signs of leaders they had committed the violent attacks on Muslims,  who had   gone  in  chalis to save their lives.  Accused persons of this case along with the riotous crowds of belonging to sections of the Hindu community had rushed inside Muslim chalies from the backside of Noorani Mosque situated besides the ST Workshop and the accused persons joining with the riotous crowds there had committed loot, breaking down and set on fire. The accused persons of this case and the persons of the crowd were armed with deadly weapons and inflammable substances like kerosene and petrol and they were committing attacks on Muslims. At that time the residents of chalies of Muslim people i.e. the witnesses of this case and their family members ran toward Gangotri and Gopinath Societies and hidden there in  go down and other places to save their lives. At that time,  the accused persons had  come there and  removing Muslims from there, they had made well planned conspiracy to lead them towards Teesra Kuan situated in open ground, situated near Gangotri and Gopinath Society and Naroda and as per this conspiracy,  Muslims were running  towards the ground  and Naroda. As per the plan decided earlier, accused persons and the crowds of Hindu Community   were present towards Teesra Kuan in ground  and at that time the accused persons and crowd persons attacked on Muslims and beat – cut off Muslims in Teesra Kuan situated in the ground and burnt  them pouring  kerosene petrol on them and destroyed  the evidence.Thereafter, the Muslims who were saved, had returned towards Gangotri Gopinath society  to save their lives.  At that time,   as per plan  decided earlier,  they had surrounded Muslims near water tank situate between  Gangotri  society Gopinath society  situate opposite the wall of ST work shop  near   Husennagar   and  i.e  towards the road of ST workshop and  ground, thus between both the roads   and at that time,  the accused persons had started the massacre   of Muslims  and pulling young girls from Muslims, they had committed the rape upon them mercilessly  and after having committed  rape,  they had killed    and burnt  said young girls  and the accused persons had made mass massacre  of Muslims  by throwing    inflammable substances like patrol, kerosene      and the mattresses  made wet by patrol kerosene     and had given result  as per their pre planned conspiracy. In this mass massacre, beating even innocent children   mercilessly and taking them on water tank   and throwing in burning fire,    they were burnt  alive.   Thereafter, the accused persons with a view to destroy the evidence, have attempted to dispose of the corpses and the accused   persons   with a view to destroy  the  evidence the   well,  in which they had   cutoff    and burnt Muslims     had filled up that  well. They had thrown the deceased hogs in that well and thereby filled it.  Deaths of total 95 persons are caused in this incident as per the evidence.
.....As a part of this criminal conspiracy,  Mayaben Kodnani and other accused persons had come in a motor at around 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm. A vehicle of PI Mysorewala had come following their vehicle and Mayaben Kodnani and  the accused persons of this case had got down from the vehicle in the presence of the police and taking out swords from the vehicle,  the same were to given to the Hindu persons. Dildar Umrao Saiyed a witness of this case had eye witnessed this incident. He has stated this even in the Ho’nble  Court. At that time,  a threat was given to a witness and stated, you go away otherwise you will be killed. This incident also gives support to the criminal object of the accused persons of this case. Because these swords had been distributed during 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm and thereafter the massacre having been committed appears from the deposition of the witnesses in the Ho’ble Court and so many Muslims had been killed by these swords. This is not an accidental act. The criminal act has been given a result as a part of pre planned conspiracy, which is being proved by deposition of those witnesses.   

The heinous attack had not occurred incidentally. The accused persons in this case have hatched a criminal conspiracy earlier and as a part of that conspiracy Babu Bajarangi and   the accused persons of this case being united in common intent, on 27/2/2002,    planned this conspiracy and to carry it through  have collected a total 23 revolvers from the persons posessing guns/revolvers in the Naroda area. This fact transpires from the deposition of witness No. 322 Ahish Khetan and the accused Babu Bajarangi has admitted this fact in the sting operation, which is a confession of the offence. Thus it transpires clearly that the plans having been made one before the date of the incident with a common object to ruin Muslims    were succeeded on 28/2/2002, which has appeared  in view of this evidence and as a part of this conspiracy the accused persons of this case had attacked on Muslim area and Noorani Mosque right from the morning of  28/2/2002 and  as a part of this conspiracy accused no. 37 Mayaben Kodnani had distributed the weapons to the accused persons on the day of incident.  The arrangement of these weapons is not possible suddenly. It is going to be proved that Mayaben had made bandobast for the collection of deadly weapons earlier, making her a part of the conspiracy since she has herself distributed these weapons to the accused persons and the carnage is committed by those weapons in all areas. The police too did not help to Muslims even on the day of incident. As the helpless, innocent poor Muslims made earnest request to police to seek help,  KK Mysorewala first PI had allegedly said, “Today you have to die”.  “Today there is our holiday". You have to die. There is an order from above.   The witnesses have stated this in their depositions.  Besides the police have fired upon such helpless poor innocent Muslims as per guidance of crowd. The police abandoned their duty and are guilty of criminal negligence.
.....In view of the  evidence and  especially   the deposition   of  Ashish Khetan   and conduct  of the  police officers and  SRP officers,  the conspiracy  to commit  the  offences   of a huge scale against one  community was made  and  the communal elements,   with the assistance of police officers   and SRP  officers effected this murderous conspiracy. Pre-planning and preparations included collection of revolvers and swords and distributing them, collection of inflammable substances and distriubuting them. Even after the killing of innocents, dead were not allowed to die with dignity ---corpses were kicked and beaten and burned.

Accused given Life Term Until Death
Babubhai @ Babu Bajrangi Rajabhai Patel (accused 18)

Naroda Patia 100/02
(Role of Babu Bajrangi)

Witness No.
Witness Name
Page No.
Accuse No.
Accuse Name
V.K. Solanki
Babu Bajrangi
- Accused was shouting slogans and instigating the mob.
- At 12 to 19.30, accused no, 20,19,43,18,24 lead & instigated mob, shouting “Maro Kapo” (Kill, Cut them to pieces). They committed the offence and killed 58 persons near Noorani Masid and surrounding chawls, S.T. Workshop and Hussain Nagar
- Accused no. 20, 19, 43,18,24, instigated the mob at Naroda Patia and Jawannagar.
Mo. Ashraf Karimbhai
Babu Bajrangi
- In the morning at 9.30 am the mob gathered at Noorani Masjid from Krushnanagar and Saijpur with fatal weapons
- he led the mob
- he shouted “Maro Kapo” *Kill, Cut them to pieces)
- He destroyed houses in chawls
- He destroyed, looted and burnt the houses of Kashiram, Hussainnagar and Jawannagar’s chawls.
- The mob burnt alive Madinabibi, Babubhai, Shakinabibi and Razakbhai
- I can identify him on seeing him.
M.T. Rana
Babu Bajrangi
- At 2.30 p.m. the accused no. 20,24,18,19, are in the mob
- above 4 accused are seen in the mob until 3.00 p.m.
K.K. Mysorewala
891 (897)
Babu Bajrangi
- At 2.00 p.m. accused no. 20,24,18,19, are in the mob; They instigate the mob and shouted.
ASG Dasrathsinh
Babu Bajrangi
 They excited the mob and destroyed Muslim’s chawls and Noorni Masjid.
- Accused no. 20, 19, 43,18,24, shouted. “Maro Kapo”(Kill, cur them to pieces)
- they instigated the mob and were themselves carrying weapons; -  I was serving since 8 years and knew them mostly as social worker and leaders. So, I know accused no.20,19,43,18,  and 24.
HC – Devjibhai Jamabhai
923 (925)
Babu Bajrangi
 BJP Workers accused no. 20,24,18,19 are seen in the mob
PC – Sureshbhai
Babu Bajrangi
 BJP Workers accused no. 20,24,18,19 are seen in the mob
PC – Vijaykumar Lakshmanrav
933 (935)
Babu Bajrangi
 BJP Workers accused no. 20,24,18,19 are seen in the mob
PC- Jeevabhai Pujabhai
939 (941) 
Babu Bajrangi
BJP Workers accused no. 20,24,18,19 are seen in the mob
PC – Deepak Govindrav
Babu Bajrangi
 BJP Workers accused no. 20,24,18,19 are seen in the mob
Haroon Mohammedbhai
Babu Bajrangi
 The mob near at Krishnanagar and ST Workshop with weapons.
- Seen in the mob Accused no. 18,37, 10,22,41,38,44,52
Javed Ismailbhai
2003 2005
Babu Bajrangi
 Accused no. 18, 22, 28, Bhavani and Guddu attacked Muslims and injured them, burnt them by pouring kerosene. And also thrown children into the fire.
-Offence committed at 7.30 p.m.
- At that time Accused no. 18 who had the sword. He cut the stomach of Kausarbanu.
- He pulled out the child from Kausarbanu’s embryo and thrust a sword into the living child/foetus
Mayuddin Imamddin Shaikh
Babu Bajrangi
- Destroyed and fired at the houses
- the mob came from Uday Gas house
-  I had hidden on terrace
- From the terrace I have seen accuse no. 18 instigated and sending the mob to Jawannagar
A. Salim A. Majid Chaudhry
Babu Bajrangi
- The mob came from Nr. ST Workshop, Uday Gas and Gangotri society at 5.00 p.m.
- Accused no. 22,18,41 Bhavani, Dalpat, Guddu leading the mob and instigated.
Shaukat Nabibhai
Babu Bajrangi
- Seen with sword in the mob

Accused given 28 Years Imprisonment
Dr. Mayaben Surendrabhai Kodnani  (accused 37); 
Witnesses who have deposed Against former Minister for Women and Child Welfare Mayabehn Kodnani
Accused No.
Accused Name
Witness No.
Witness Name
Dr.Mayaben Surendrabhai Kodnani




















Aminaben Abbasbhai Belif

Mahammedhusen Shaikh

Bashirkhan Nannekhan Pathan

Dildar Umrav Saiyed

A.Majid Mahammed Usman Shaikh

Julekhabibi Sardarahmed Chaudhri

Rashidabanu Imtiyazhusen Momin

Harun Mohammadbhai Shaikh

Juberkhan Ismailkhan Pathan

Siddik Alabax Mansuri

Dipakbhai Revabhai Parmar
Retired deputy secretary, Vidhansabha, Gandhinagar.

Names of Accused who have been given 31 years imprisonment:-
Naresh Agarsinh Chara (accused 1); 
Murlibhai Naranbhai Sindhi (accused 2);
Haresh @ Hariyo S/o Jivanlal @ Agarsinh Rathod (accused 10);
Suresh @ Richard @ Langdi Kantibhai Dedawala (Chara) (accused 22);
Premchand @ Tiwari Conductor (accused 25);
Manojbhai @ Manoj Sinhi Renumal Kukrani (accused 41);
Bipinbhai @ Bipin autowala Umedray Panchal (accused 44); 

Names of accused who have been given 14 years imprisonment- Ganpat Chanaji Deedawala (accused 4); Vikrambhai Maneklal Rathod (accused 5); Kishan Khubchand Korani (accused 20); Prakashbhai Sureshbhai Rathod (Chara) (accused  21); Suresh @ Sehjad Dalubhai (Marathi, Charo) (absconding) (accused 26); Nawab @ Kalu Bhaiyo Harisinh Rathod (accused 27); Manubhai Keshavbhai Maruda (Bhangi) (accused 28); Shashikant @ Tiniyo Marathi Yuvraj Patil (accused 30); Babubhai Jethabhai Salat (accused 33); Lakshmanbhai @ Lakho Budhaji Thakor (accused 34); Ashok Hundaldas Sindhi (accused 38); Harshad @ Mungda Govind Chara (Parmar) (accused 39); Mukesh @ Vakil Ratilal Rathod (accused 40); Hiraji @ Hero Marwadi @ Sonaji Danaji Medhwan (Marwadi) (accused 42); Ashokbhai Uttamchand Korani (Sindhi) (accused 45); Vijaykumar Takhubhai Parmar (accused 46); Ramesh Keshavlal Dedawala (Chara) (accused 47); Sachin Nagindas Modi (accused 52); Vilas @ Viliyo Prakashbhai Sonar (accused 53); Dinesh @ Tiniyo Govindbhai Barange (Marathi) (accused 55); Santoshkumar Kodumal Mulchandani  (accused 58); Pintu Dalpatbhai Jadeja (Chara) (accused 60); Kirpalsinh Jagbahadursinh Chabda (accused 62).

Role of Citizens for Justice and Peace
CJP has handled over 68 cases related to the Gujarat Carnage of 2002. Documenting the evidence for each case carefully, accurately and persistently following these up; Ensuring protection first—a historic order of the Supreme Court in 2004 ensured that over 570 witnesses, individually and through clusters have got protection from the CISF; this was our intervention—this protection has continued till date and will continue until appeal. Ensuring legal aid through a team of lawyers at the Trial Court lawyers who file their appearance under Section 24(8)(2) of the CRPC that ensure the voices of Victim Witnesses are heard, assisting the Prosecution. In the Sardarpura case (earlier Best Bakery etc etc) and now the latest Naroda Patiya we have filed detailed written arguments and made separate applications before the Courts. This ensures that any aspect, large or small that may be overlooked is addressed. At the Gujarat high court level our courageous colleague MM Tirmizi who has risked much along with others and our team of lawyers from Bombay – Mihir Desai, Gautam Patel, Navroz Seervai—and Delhi –Kamini Jaiswal, Sanjay Parikh, Aparna Bhat, Ramesh Pukhrambam have made it possible for us to be consistently vigilant.

Teesta Setalvad,
Secretary & Trustee

Other Trustees:  IM Kadri (President), Nandan Maluste (Vice President), Arvind Krishnaswamy (Treasurer), Alyque Padamsee, Cyrus Guzder, Javed Anand, Anil Dharker, Javed Akhtar, Ghulam Pesh Imam, Rahul Bose, Cedric Prakash

Nirant, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai – 400 049. Ph: 2660 2288 email:,

No comments: