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Naroda riot case convict Babu Bajrangi returns to jail 3.8.2015 DNA: Wide Angle
After spending one hundred days out on temporary bail, former Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Babu Patel alias Babu Bajrangi, a convict of 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case, on Monday returned to the Sabarmati jail here. Bajrangi was granted bail by the Gujarat High Court on April 23 for three months for the treatment of vision loss. It was then extended for another ten days. "My father today returned to the jail, but he is blind now even after the treatment in Chennai. There is no improvement in his vision. He cannot see anything" said his son Anil Patel. Asked if Bajrangi would seek fresh temporary bail from the High Court, Patel said, "As of now we have not thought of that, but his appeal against the conviction is pending before the High Court and we will have to see what happens. His fate depends on that appeal."  Bajrangi is one of the 31 convicts of Naroda Patiya case which relates to massacre of 97 Muslims in Naroda Patiya area here during the post-Godhra riots in 2002. The trial court sentenced him to ...
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A vital debate rages 2.8.2015 Asian Age: Editorial
Marked on one side by anger against terrorism and the deterrence value of capital punishment and on the other by the need for clemency in dealing with those behind grave crimes, the death penalty debate rages fiercely following Yakub Memon’s execution. While there is no reason to believe his case wasn’t heard at the highest levels, the real point is whether India, as a humane society, should go on handing out capital punishment. It is also undeniable that terrorism is the greatest threat facing modern societies. The greatest difficulty is in separating the moral from the legal as terror plotters are as culpable as those who pull the trigger in this war. The arguments are further complicated given that there is little equity in the way various terror cases have been tackled by the authorities, that include the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, the Mumbai blasts that killed hundreds after the Babri Masjid demolition, and the Gujarat riots where thousands died, that followed the Godhra killings. The cry to do ...
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A vital debate rages 2.8.2015 Asian Age: Editorial
Marked on one side by anger against terrorism and the deterrence value of capital punishment and on the other by the need for clemency in dealing with those behind grave crimes, the death penalty debate rages fiercely following Yakub Memon’s execution. While there is no reason to believe his case wasn’t heard at the highest levels, the real point is whether India, as a humane society, should go on handing out capital punishment. It is also undeniable that terrorism is the greatest threat facing modern societies. The greatest difficulty is in separating the moral from the legal as terror plotters are as culpable as those who pull the trigger in this war. The arguments are further complicated given that there is little equity in the way various terror cases have been tackled by the authorities, that include the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, the Mumbai blasts that killed hundreds after the Babri Masjid demolition, and the Gujarat riots where thousands died, that followed the Godhra killings. The cry to do ...
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A vital debate rages 2.8.2015 Asian Age: Editorial
Marked on one side by anger against terrorism and the deterrence value of capital punishment and on the other by the need for clemency in dealing with those behind grave crimes, the death penalty debate rages fiercely following Yakub Memon’s execution. While there is no reason to believe his case wasn’t heard at the highest levels, the real point is whether India, as a humane society, should go on handing out capital punishment. It is also undeniable that terrorism is the greatest threat facing modern societies. The greatest difficulty is in separating the moral from the legal as terror plotters are as culpable as those who pull the trigger in this war. The arguments are further complicated given that there is little equity in the way various terror cases have been tackled by the authorities, that include the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, the Mumbai blasts that killed hundreds after the Babri Masjid demolition, and the Gujarat riots where thousands died, that followed the Godhra killings. The cry to do ...
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Justice should be an article of faith, and not its product 2.8.2015 TOI: Sunday
In the wake of Yakub Memon's execution, I, like many others, have been trying to understand the logic of why some criminals get hanged while others ...
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Naroda Patiya case: Witnesses had identified Kodnani at riot spot, says prosecution 31.7.2015 DNA: Wide Angle
The lawyer of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team on Thursday argued before the Gujarat High Court that several witnesses had identified Maya Kodnani -- former Gujarat minister -- at the scene of 2002 Naroda Patiya riot. The division bench of Justices Mohinder Pal and R D Kothari is hearing the appeals filed in the case related to violence in Naroda Patia here on February 28, 2002 (a day after the Godhra train burning incident) in which over 90 people were killed. Special Public Prosecutor for SIT, Prashant Desai, made a submission about roles of various convicts and the accounts of witnesses against them. Several witnesses had identified Mayaben Kodnani, then the local MLA, as among those present at the scene of crime, Desai pointed out. The trial court has awarded life term to Kodnani. Justice Pal asked the lawyers if any of the police officers were charged for failing in their duty. Senior advocate Nirupam Nanavati, appearing for defence, said there was a plea before the special ...
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Hang Maya Kodnani, Babu Bajrangi: MIM 30.7.2015 deccanherald.com
Local MP and chief of All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) has once again questioned the logic of sending Muslims to gallows while leaving right wing extremists with imprisonment. Asaduddin, reacting after the hanging of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, on Thursday morning told reporters at party headquarters in Darussalam here, that he strongly feels that perpetrators of the 2002 Naroda Patiya killings in Gujarat will never see the gallows. "If the same kind of justice continues, one will see Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi released. But we will continue raising our voice," the Majlis chief said. Asaduddin said that he would like to see Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi being hanged to death for their role in the 2002 Godhra riots one day. Babubhai Patel was sentenced to life term imprisonment for his role in the Naroda Patiya massacre in which ninety-seven Muslims were murdered, while Maya Surendra Kumar Kodnani, a gynecologist, who was a minister for Women and Child Development at that time, was sentenced ...
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Gulbarg Society massacre: court postpones visit to scene of offence 30.7.2015 TOI: India
The special SIT court hearing the Gulbarg Society massacre cases on Thursday postponed its visit to the scene of offence till August 10 , said a lawyer involved in the ...
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Modi associate wants Presidential mercy for Yakub Memon 29.7.2015 Rediff: News
'Personally, I would rather have mercy on Yakub rather than send him to the gallows for helping the investigating agencies reach a conclusion. We could still get a lot of fugitives of law back to India by promising them some kind of mercy in lieu of revealing everything that they know about terror networks in India.'
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Yakub verdict: Punishing the guilty is raj dharma, says Justice Dave 29.7.2015 TOI: India
Justice A R Dave, presiding over a bench which also had Justice Kurian Joseph, said it was the “raj dharma” of a judge to award appropriate and adequate punishment to a person found guilty of a ...
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Godhra carnage accused arrested after 13 years 28.7.2015 The Hindu: Today's Paper
Godhra carnage accused arrested after 13 years
Post-Godhra riots, BJP used Abdul Kalam’s presidency to counter ‘anti-Muslim’ image 28.7.2015 FirstPost: Politics

Some names were discussed and that list included Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. But no BJP leader and even George Fernandes was confident that Kalam would oblige to play a political game.

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Government gathers might to muzzle Teesta, say activists 28.7.2015 DNA: Money
A group of activists, social workers, lawyers and eminent media personalities on Monday held a press conference to show their solidarity with activist Teesta Setalvad, and to pointedly raise questions to the government for digging up a 12-year-old issue, timing suspiciously with the hearing of the case filed by Zakia Jafri against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 59 others in the 2002 Godhra riots case. Social activist and writer Harsh Mander said that a state-sponsored pogrom like the Godhra riots need to be fought to ensure that this does not happen again. “If we allow state-sponsored violence to go unquestioned and unchecked, the idea of India will fall apart,” he said, citing how the victims of the 1983 Delhi riots, the 1993 Bombay riots and the 2002 Nellie massacre are still not compensated. Teesta Setalvad, and her husband Javed Anand have been working to ensure justice for 2002 Gujarat riots victims, and has been working on 68 cases, some at the trial courts, some at the High Court, while a few at ...
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Gujarat High Court condones Teesta Setalvad's delay in filing plea 28.7.2015 DNA: Recent Columns
 The Gujarat High Court on Monday condoned the delay in filing a plea by social activist Teesta Setalvad to defreeze her bank accounts in the alleged fund embezzlement case and fixed the next hearing on August 5. Last month Setalwad had moved the plea to defreeze her bank accounts in an alleged embezzlement case wherein she had allegedly collected Rs 1.51 crore from national and international donors promising to convert Gulberg Society to a 2002 riots museum, but allegedly spent money for personal purposes. The city crime branch had frozen the bank accounts of Setlavad, her husband Javed Anand and two of their NGOs' accounts after they began probe into the embezzlement case filed by a former resident of Gulberg Society last year. They had challenged the order of a city metropolitan court, which had rejected their pleas to defreeze the bank accounts in November 2014. However, as the plea was filed 90 days after the order was given, the applicant filed to condone the delay. During the hearing today, ...
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Godhra train carnage accused arrested 28.7.2015 Asian Age: India
On the run for more than 13 years, another accused in 2002 Godhra train attack that had triggered communal riots was on Monday arrested by the Gujarat anti-terrorist squad in the third arrest of an absconding accused in the case in less than a fortnight. Kasam Ibrahim Bhamedi, a resident of Ragadia in Godhra, was apprehended from Dahod railway station, about 200 km from here, ATS officials said. Bhamedi, 53, is the third absconding accused to be arrested in less than a fortnight for the horrific incident in Godhra, about 125 km from here, where Sabarmati Express was set afire on February 27, 2002, by a mob killing 59 passengers. The ghastly train attack had triggered widespread riots in Gujarat in which over 1,000 people were killed. According to the officials, Bhamedi had been hiding at various places across the country since 2002 by concealing his real identity. Recently, officials learnt that Bhamedi is in Madhya Pradesh, where he went with a religious group. “We have been tracking his movements since ...
Gujarat HC condones delay by Teesta Setalwad in filing plea to defreeze bank accounts 28.7.2015 FirstPost: India

The Gujarat High Court on Monday condoned the delay in filing a plea by social activist Teesta Setalwad to defreeze her bank accounts in the alleged fund embezzlement case and fixed the next hearing on 5 August.

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Godhra train carnage accused arrested 28.7.2015 Asian Age: India
On the run for more than 13 years, another accused in 2002 Godhra train attack that had triggered communal riots was on Monday arrested by the Gujarat anti-terrorist squad in the third arrest of an absconding accused in the case in less than a fortnight. Kasam Ibrahim Bhamedi, a resident of Ragadia in Godhra, was apprehended from Dahod railway station, about 200 km from here, ATS officials said. Bhamedi, 53, is the third absconding accused to be arrested in less than a fortnight for the horrific incident in Godhra, about 125 km from here, where Sabarmati Express was set afire on February 27, 2002, by a mob killing 59 passengers. The ghastly train attack had triggered widespread riots in Gujarat in which over 1,000 people were killed. According to the officials, Bhamedi had been hiding at various places across the country since 2002 by concealing his real identity. Recently, officials learnt that Bhamedi is in Madhya Pradesh, where he went with a religious group. “We have been tracking his movements since ...
13 years on, another Godhra carnage accused arrested 28.7.2015 TOI: India
Thirteen years after the burning of the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express, which killed 59 karsevaks returning from Ayodhya, Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) nabbed one absconding accused, Kasam Bhemdi, from Dahod railway station on Monday ...
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Key Godhra case accused held after 13 yrs 27.7.2015 deccanherald.com
The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Gujarat Police on Monday nabbed an accused in the 2002 Godhra train carnage, Kasim Ibrahim Bhameri, who had been on the run for last 13 years. Fifty-four-year-old Bhameri was one among the key accused who had set the S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express on fire at the Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002, resulting in the death of 59 passengers. mostly karsevaks. Communal clashes followed the event across the state that saw several hundreds being slaughtered. "Kasim was arrested from Dahod railway station, when he was coming back to his hometown Godhra from Madhya Pradesh, after participating in a religious function," RK Amin, police sub-inspector, Ahmedabad ATS, said. The ATS team later handed over Bhameri to Gandhinagar-based Special Investigation Team (SIT) for interrogation. Other than the train burning incident, the SIT is also expected to quiz him about his accomplices and those who gave him shelter while he was on the ...
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Another Godhra Train Carnage Accused After 13 Years 27.7.2015 newindianexpress.com
Another Godhra train carnage accused, who has been on the run for more than 13 years, was today arrested by Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS).     
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