15 Accused Surrender; Dawood Case Adjourned

June 26, 2004 | Comments Off on 15 Accused Surrender; Dawood Case Adjourned

15 accused have surrendered in a case arising out of the 2002 Gujarat pogroms against Muslims:



The 15 persons are mostly local BJP-VHP activists who had allegedly killed and burnt 23 persons in Delol village of Panchmahals district on March 1, 2002 during a VHP-sponsored bandh after the Godhra train carnage.


The 23 people, mostly members of one extended family, were confronted by BJP-VHP mobs outside the village. They were attacked with swords and burnt.


Eyewitnesses named 21 accused in all. The other six accused were arrested during the last six months, police sources said. Thursday’s surrender followed a move by a local court to declare them absconders and attach their properties.


The Supreme Court had ordered an investigation into the massacre, in response to a petition filed by the witnesses before the National Human Rights Commission(NHRC).


In the Dawood case, where the relatives of British citizens killed during the pogroms sued Modi and 13 others for genocide, the court has adjourned the petition until July 31 to give the accused time to respond.


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