India Jails 11 For Life Over Gujarat Massacre

India Jails 11 For Life Over Gujarat Massacre

An Indian court has sentenced 11 Hindu attackers to life in prison for the massacre of dozens of Muslims during religious riots that swept through part of the country in 2002.

Another 12 defendants were jailed for seven years over the killings of 69 people, and another for 10 years. A Hindu mob scaled the boundary wall of the Gulbarg Housing Society in Ahmedabad, in the western state of Gujarat, in February 2002. They torched the homes in which Muslims families were trapped.

The wave of rioting lasted several months and left more than 1,000 people dead, most of them Muslims. Riots swept through parts of India in 2002, leaving many Muslims dead

The deaths have long dogged the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was Gujarat’s top elected official at the time, amid suggestions that authorities encouraged the bloodshed.

Mr Modi has repeatedly denied having any role, and India’s Supreme Court said it found no evidence to prosecute him.

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