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Despite eyewitnesses? Disbelief, shock as Twitter erupts over Maya Kodnani's acquittal

Friday April 20, 2018 3:21 PM, News Network

Naroda Patiya Massacre

Mumbai: Disbelief, surprise and shock are what twitterites are expressing after acquittal of BJP leader and former minister in Narendra Modi’s government in Gujarat Maya Kodnani in the Naroda Patiya Muslim massacre case by Gujarat High Court Friday.

“Unbelievable. Maya Kodnani acquitted despite eye witness testimonies of her exhorting the crowd, distributing swords and kerosene. Every Indian should feel ashamed”, Harinder Baweja, senior journalists, tweeted minutes after the judgment.

“Incredible. Maya Kodnani acquitted just like Sajjan Kumar was, despite unwavering witnesses who withstood money and muscle power. #1984 #2002 continue to sear India's conscience”, Baweja wrote in another message posted on Twitter.

Ashok Swain who introduced himself as ‘Professor of Peace But Not Conflict’ using his verified account on Twitter @ashoswai wrote, “I have told you before - it is absolutely OK to kill Muslims in Modi's New India, but don't kill a Cow!”

Richa Singh, writer, blogger and a classical singer, using her verified account @richa_singh reacted over the Gujarat High Court’s acquittal of Maya Kodnani in these words. “Maya Kodnani has been acquitted in the Naroda Patiya Case. In a long list of recent judgments, BJP's tenure is behaving like Ganga Jal for all those accused in religion based criminal acts”, she wrote.

Tushar Gandhi, grandson of Mahata Gandhi, expressing his ire over the verdict said, “True to his Beti Bachao promise, Maya Kodnani has been saved.”

Maya Kodnani, a gynaecologist, was sentenced to a life term in 2012 for her role in the riots in Naroda Patiya, a suburb of Ahmedabad, where about 97 Muslims were massacred in the single bloodiest episode of the three-day violence that followed the Godhra train burning of February 27, 2002. Narendra Modi won the Gujarat elections held soon after the deadly anti-Muslim riots and Maya Kodnani was made the Minister for Woman and Child Development.

A Special Investigation Team had said that a day after the Godhra incident, Maya Kodnani incited mobs and was seen at the spot by witnesses. A trial court had held that she organised the mass killings. Maya Kodnani is also accused of murder in the riots that took place on the same day, February 28, 2002, in nearby Naroda Gram, where 11 Muslims were killed.

Gujarat High Court however in a verdict pronounced today acquitted Maya Kodnani and her personal assistant Kirpal Singh Chabda in the case.

The Gujarat High Court’s verdict came a day after Supreme Court of India dismissed a number of petitions seeking probe into the death of Justice Loya. Justice Loya died mysteriously when he was hearing a case in which BJP President Amit Shah was an accused. A day before the Supreme Court ruling on Justice Loya’s death probe, a Special NIA Court had acquitted all the accused named for Mecca Masjid Blast case in Hyderabad.

Earlier, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur whose motorcycle was used in the 2008 Malegaon blast according to the charge sheet, and Lt Col Prasad Prohit and others accused in various blast cases were also let off - some on bail and some acquitted.

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