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Naroda Patiya Massacre: SC Grants Bail To Bajrang Dal's Babu Bajrangi On Medical Ground

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| March 7 , 2019 , 15:50 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday granted bail to Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi, who was serving a prison sentence after being convicted in the 2002 Naroda Patiya case area of Ahmedabad.

He was the key accused in the tragic massacre in which 97 people were killed in broad daylight.

Bail was granted on medical grounds. The state reportedly told the court that Bajrangi had suffered “complete vision loss,” was bedridden and deaf.

Senior advocate R Basant, appearing for Bajrangi, had cited the same medical reasons while filing his bail application. The top court had sought the Gujarat government's response to his bail plea on 8 October 2018.

Bajrangi had been serving a life sentence in the case, which occurred during the 2002 riots in Gujarat.

BJP minister Maya Kodnani was also convicted for his role in the slaying of 97 Muslims on February 28, 2002, in the Naroda Patiya incident.

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The massacre followed the torching of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra, which killed 59 people and triggering statewide riots.

On 23 January, the Supreme Court had granted regular bail to four convicts in the Naroda Patiya massacre case – Umeshbhai Surabhai Bharwad, Rajkumar, Padmendrasinh Jaswantsinh Rajput and Harshad alias Mungda Jila Govind Chhara Parmar.