Gujarat riots: Court convicts 22, acquits 61, including ex-BJP MLA in Mehsana massacre case
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A special trial court on Monday convicted 22 and acquitted 61 other accused in the Mehsana massacre case during the Gujarat riots of 2002.
Twenty one were convicted for attempt to murder and one retired cop – who initially investigated the riots – for dereliction of duty.
Among the 61 acquitted were then BJP MLA from Visnagar Prahlad Gosa and then president of Visnagar Municipality Dahya Patel.
Eleven Muslims were killed by a mob in Chudi Vas locality of Visnagar town on February 28, 2002. The case is one of the nine Godhra and post-Godhra riot cases that were handed to the Special Investigation Team set up by the Supreme Court.
Pronouncing the judgment, the special trial court presided by Principal District Judge of Mehsana Swarnlata Srivastava, acquitted all accused from murder and conspiracy charges.