FACT: To lie through the skin of the teeth that, “Not a single person has been convicted in Gujarat for the ‘genocide’” is utter rubbish. Firstly, no ‘genocide’ took place at all in Gujarat. They were plain riots in which hundreds of Hindus were also killed even after Godhra, and 40,000 Hindus also thrown out of their houses by Muslims. And secondly, many Hindus as well as Muslims were convicted for rioting. There have been a total of at least 195 convictions, which shows the efficiency of prosecution, sincerity of the Government in prosecuting. It is a world record to see so many people convicted. Here we must remember that for horrible past riots of Gujarat, 1969, 1985, 1990-91,92 in which far far more people were killed and which were far more serious than the 2002 riots, hardly 3 to 4 convictions took place under previous Congress Governments (Janata Dal in 1990). Yes 3 to 4 convictions only for the worst riots of 1969 and 1985. In the 1984 riots where at least 3,000 Sikhs were killed, no action was taken against rioters and only 13 people were convicted in the past 28 years.
A brief summary of total convictions will be as follows:
1-On 16 October 2003- 4 Muslims were convicted and given life imprisonment
2- On 25 November 2003- 15 Hindus were convicted of whom 12 were given life imprisonment
http://www.rediff.com/news/2003/nov/24godhra.htm – Link for conviction
http://www.rediff.com/news/2003/nov/25godhra.htm – Link for punishment
3- On 4 August 2005- 2 confessing Muslims were convicted
This was reported by Deccan Herald the next day, 5 August 2005. The Muslims confessed their crime.
4- On 14 December 2005- 14 Hindus were convicted
5- On 24 February 2006- 9 Hindus were convicted (Outside Gujarat)
6- On 18 March 2006- 7 Muslims were convicted
7- On 28 March 2006- 9 Muslims were convicted
8-On 14 May 2006- 5 Muslims were convicted
9- On 18 May 2006- 4 Muslims were convicted
10-On 23 November 2006- 3 Muslims were convicted for blasts on 6 August 2002 in Ahmedabad in which no one was killed but caused panic
11- On 30 October 2007- 11 Hindus were convicted
12- On 18 January 2008- 12 Hindus were convicted in the famous Bilkis Bano case (outside Gujarat)
13- On 13 July 2011- 6 Hindus were convicted
14- On 9 Nov 2011- 31 Hindus were convicted for the Sadarpura case
15- On 9 April 2012- 23 Hindus were convicted
16-On 4 May 2012 9 Hindus were convicted
17- On 22 Feb 2011- 31 Muslims were convicted for GODHRA roasting of karsewaks which was the cause of everything
There could also be other convictions in the riots cases which are not available to this writer.
Now adding all those convicted, we get 65 Muslims convicted in all, 31 for Godhra and 34 for post-Godhra. And we have at least 130 Hindus convicted. Total 195 convictions, which shows the efficiency of prosecution, sincerity in prosecuting. It is a world record to see so many people convicted. Here we must remember that for horrible past riots of Gujarat, 1969, 1985, 1990-91,92 in which far far more people were killed and which were far more serious than the 2002 riots, hardly 3 to 4 convictions took place under previous Congress Governments (Janata Dal in 1990). In the 1984 riots where at least 3,000 Sikhs were killed, no action was taken against rioters and only 13 people were convicted in the past 28 years.
The Times of India reported thus:
“Four get life imprisonment
16 Oct, 2003
VADODARA: The Vadodara fast track court of Justice C K Solanki on Thursday acquitted former deputy mayor and Congress councillor, Nisarhussein Saiyed alias Nisar Bapu and Maruf Hussein Saiyed in the Lal Akhada case.
Four other accused including Nisar’s son Abidhussein, son-in-law Akram Sheikh, Mohammed Ishaq, and Arif Sheikh alias Bekhabar were convicted by the court to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2,500, failing which an additional term of three months has been imposed.
The court convicted them under Section 120 (b), 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. The accused had stabbed to death Pankaj Chauhan was stabbed to death at Resham Wali Gali near Champaner on March 22, 2002.
Following the conviction, the court witnessed a dramatic scene with relatives of the accused breaking down to tears.
Hearing the judgement, Abidhussein seemed to be shocked by the judgement and collapsed in the court. His relatives and other authorities in the court later revived him.
A total of 23 witnesses were examined in the case out of which 10 turned hostile.
This is the second post-Godhra communal riots case, after Best Bakery, in which judgment has been passed.”
We should look at the newspaper reports of these newspapers dated 23 March 2002 to see how one-sided and blatantly false these dailies reported. We should also see the recordings of the TV channels like NDTV-Star News, Aaj Tak etc to see the mischief played by these channels. Did these channels bother to tell us that a Hindu named Pankaj Chauhan was killed by some Muslims in Vadodara’s Resham Wali Gali on 22 March? Did these channels and the entire media ever bother to tell the nation that such a judgment has been passed against Muslims? Luckily, some newspapers at least reported this. Many others did not. These court judgments have been completely forgotten by the media ever since, quite unlike the Best Bakery case. But I always feel that the Best Bakery case too should be raised and given publicity, because the society needs causes of minorities too to be raised.
Now let us see another court judgment. This was reported by The Times of India dated 14 May 2006:
“AHMEDABAD: A special POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) court sentenced five people to 10 years’ imprisonment each in connection with the tiffin bomb blasts in Ahmedabad city buses four years ago.
Judge Sonia Gokani, delivering his 362-page judgement, also imposed a fine of Rs 27,000 on each of the accused under different sections of POTA, the Indian Penal Code, the Explosive Substances Act, the Bombay Police Act and the Damage of Public Property Act.
The judge found five of the 17 accused guilty for the explosions in five city buses on May 29, 2002, injuring 23 people in an act seeking vengeance against the post-Godhra violence. The crude explosive devices were hidden in tiffin boxes.
The other 12 were acquitted for want of evidence against them.
Police had registered the complaint in five different police stations in the city after the explosions, but no arrest had taken place for a year after the blasts.
It was after the assassination of former state home minister Haren Pandya in 2003, that police arrested 23 persons in the tiffin bomb blast case. They later released four, as charges could not be filed against them. Seventeen accused were tried in POTA court.”
The Hindustan Times also reported this and the URL is:
This again goes to show that Muslims were on the offensive after Godhra. This was not a direct case of rioting. But Muslims also targeted Hindus in Ahmedabad by trying to put bombs in buses.
Now, let us see another court judgment. This was reported by Deccan Herald dated 5 August 2005:
“The Special POTA Court here on Thursday sentenced two persons to seven years rigorous imprisonment in the post-Godhra riot cases.
This is the first conviction under POTA in the cases during the post-Godhra riots of 2002 in Gujarat. Judge Sonia Gokani convicted Mohammad Ashraf Ismali Nagroi and Mohammad Tahir Mohammad Arif Bakaswala, both residents of Surat, on the charges of attempt to murder of Hasmukh Lalwala, a VHP supporter, who had been fighting the cases of Hindus allegedly involved in the post-Godhra riots. The judgment was delivered in the high security zone set up in the Sabarmati Jail.
Two motorcyclists fired two rounds on Mr Lalwala when he was passing by Makai pool in Surat on the way to his office on May 21, 2002. He sustained injuries. His brother Ganeshchandra Lalwala filed the complaint. The accused have been sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment under section 3 (1) of POTA and six years of imprisonment under section 307 of the IPC. They will undergo the sentence concurrently.
Appearing on behalf of the state government, counsels H M Dhruv, Sudhir Brahmbhatt and Umesh Trivedi said the confessional statement of the accused under section 32 of POTA should be admitted. In the statement, the accused are believed to have confessed to firing on Mr Lalwala to scare the Hindus.”
This again shows that Muslims were on the offensive in Gujarat. There is another case. Bajrang Dal activist and leading lawyer Lalit Kumar Jain was murdered on 24 April 2002 in Maharashtra. He was a lawyer who would fight cases of the Hindus accused of rioting in Gujarat free of charge.
Now let us see some parts of an article written by Arvind Lavakare in the weekly Organiser dated 7 May 2006:
“…In its edition of March 19, 2006, The Sunday Express carried the following report from Ahmedabad:
“Post-Godhra riot case: 7 get lifer
The city session’s court on Friday convicted seven people in a post-Godhra riot case and sentenced them to life term for the murder of 35-year-old Mukesh Panchal, a resident of Lambha. He was attacked by the accused and went missing from Shah-e-Alam Darwaza. His mutilated body was found near Chandoka Lake on November 11. One of the seven accused—Javed Shaukat Ali—meanwhile managed to give the cops a slip and fled from the court.”…
… Out of the five convictions so far in l’affaire Godhra, the above two rip the blindfold on Godhra that the country was subjected to since March 2002. Those two convictions conclusively prove that even as some Hindus in Vadodra, Ahmedabad and a few other parts of Gujarat were provoked into insane killing, arson and loot by the S-6 carnage, the Muslims in that state were hardly the cattle hiding from the slaughter house that they have been made out by the “secularists” in and outside our national English media. Do you, for instance, recall reading about the mutilation of Mukesh Panchal’s cadaver in any of the English print media? Did you hear a sound byte about it on our TV?”
Arvind Lavakare is one of the few writers who have never fallen for the media lies on the case of the Gujarat riots. This is a case worth mentioning by the Indian media. If someone like Mukesh Panchal was brutally killed, it is worth reporting. But because the victim was a Hindu, the media turned a blind eye.
In another report, The Indian Express reported:
“Post-Godhra riots: DNA test nails 4 killers
What proved to be the clincher in this case was the DNA test. Four years after they hacked a man to death in the aftermath of Godhra, a fast track court today convicted four men and sentenced them to life imprisonment. Two others, also accused of butchering Devanand Ambalal Solanki, a surveyor at the sales tax office, were acquitted.
Special City Sessions Judge D T Soni sentenced the accused — Faqruddin Kamruddin Mirza, Mohammed Zaheer Abdul Aziz Ansari, Zakir Husain Mehboob Husain and Mohammed Afzal Mohammed Taufiq Sheikh — to life imprisonment. In the judgment, the court observed ‘‘… though awarded imprisonment for life, however, the convicted persons shall be kept in jail till their whole life.’’
This post-Godhra riot case is the first in Gujarat where scientific evidence (DNA tests) nailed the guilty. The accused were booked under various sections of IPC 364, 201, 302 and Bombay Police Act. A fine of Rs 5,000 each was also ordered, failing which the accused would have to undergo another six months imprisonment.”
Now, let us here see another judgment dated 25 November 2003, as reported by www.rediff.com:
“A court in Nadiad taluka of Gujarat on Monday convicted 15 persons for the massacre of 14 Muslims during the post-Godhra communal riots in Ghodasar village in Kheda district on March 3, 2002. (This is wrong, it is 2 March).
Forty-eight others were, however, acquitted.
Sessions court judge C K Rane pronounced his judgment in the case in which 12 of the accused were charged under section 302 of IPC and three under section 324 of IPC.
The 14 persons were slaughtered in an open field by an armed rioting mob on March 3 when they were fleeing the area following rumours that three persons of the majority community, who had died nearby, were done to death by members of the minority community.
Police had arrested 64 people of which one died in judicial custody while the case was in progress. Only 12 of the accused were in judicial custody when the judgment was pronounced.
Defence Advocate T R Vajpayee told PTI that the judge would pronounce the sentence on Tuesday (25 November 2003).”
This again clearly shows that the Hindus were also convicted in the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat. This was dated 24 November 2003, much before the Best Bakery case. The media did not bother to see this conviction of Hindus as an example of the Gujarat government’s integrity and sincerity in prosecution. As a matter of fact, so hell-bent was the media in attacking Narendra Modi, that it did not give publicity of this conviction lest Modi’s ‘Muslim-killer’ image take a beating. They wanted Hindus convicted, but not in Gujarat, but outside Gujarat. However, the date of this event is not 3 March but 2 March.
This was not the only case where the Hindus were convicted in Gujarat. There are many other cases as well. And just like Hindus, Muslims were also convicted for the post-Godhra riots. But, these court judgments still do not rip apart the blindfold on Godhra and post-Godhra imposed on the nation and the world by the Indian media. One such conviction was on 30 October 2007.
The Times of India reported on 31st October 2007-
“Gujarat riots: Eight convicts get life term
AHMEDABAD: Eight persons were sentenced to life while three others were awarded three years imprisonment by a Godhra sessions court in the 2002 Eral massacre case that left seven people dead in the aftermath of the Godhra riots.
However, 29 people were acquitted in the case. Additional Sessions Judge H M Dholakia awarded life sentence to eight people. Three of them were also convicted for having gangraped two minor girls.
Three others were convicted on charges of looting and violence and were sentenced to three years imprisonment.
The police had filed three chargesheets in the case on the complaint of Madinabibi Sheikh, who was also the key witness.
The massacre took place on March 2, 2002 when assailants targeted villages, including Eral in the interior of Panchmahal district in Central Gujarat following the Godhra riots.
Madinabibi’s advocate Siraj Malik said that they were planning to appeal against the acquittal of 29 accused in the High Court.”
We have seen some of the court judgments sentencing Muslims for the Gujarat riots. This is direct evidence that even after Godhra, the riots that happened were not one-sided. But despite this, the media refuses to budge and accept the truth. And it continues to lie causing immense damage to the country.