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Gujarat Genocide : 14 Convicts Get Bail; SC Orders Community Service in MP, Should Not Enter Gujarat

Web Desk‌Updated: Tuesday Jan 28, 2020

NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted conditional bail to 14 convicts of 2002 Gujarat genocide case. The men, sentenced to life imprisonment for burning 33 Muslims alive, shall not enter Gujarat, the bail term states. The Chief Justice of India SA Bobde also  ordered the convicts to perform social and spiritual services in the adjoining State of Madhya Pradesh.

In its direction to the MP government, the Court asks authorities to split the convicts into two groups, of which one group would stay in Indore and the other in Jabalpur. The District legal authorities in these two places have to ensure that the men did at least six hours of community service daily and file regular report on their conduct, with the court, it stated.

The case pertains to massacre of 33 Muslims at Sardarpura village on 27 Feb, 2002 when communal riots flared through Gujarat following deaths of Hindu pilgrims on Sabarmati Express which was set ablaze by a mob.