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Anti Muslims riots: Indian state minister given bail

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AHMEDABAD: Indian Gujarat Child Welfare Minister Maya Kodnani, accused of instigating mobs during the Hindu Muslim Gujarat in 2002, has been given anticipatory bail by a session court on Thursday. The session court announced the verdict after hearing the anticipatory bail application of Kodnani.

The minister was wanted by the Indian Special Investigation Team set up by the Supreme Court to re-investigate nine riot cases. Maya Kodnani has instigated mobs in Naroda Patiya, which resulted in death of around 100 the Muslims. Though witnesses had named her, she had been dropped from the accused list by the local police. However, the Nanavati Commission, which was probing into the Hindu Muslims riots, had given a clean chit to the Modi government saying there was no evidence against any politician.

The 2002 Gujarat violence describes a series of communal riots between the communities of Hindus and Muslims that took place in the Indian State of Gujarat between February and May 2002.

The riots occurred at the Godhra train burning. The train had left Godhra Station and it was forcibly stopped and attacked by a 500 strong weapon carrying Muslim mob that targeted one of the coaches containing the Hindu religious pilgrims and burnt them alive. 58 Hindu pilgrims, 23 men, 15 women and 20 children perished. This incident was the flashpoint that started the communal Gujarat violence.

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