The Indian American Muslim Council has strongly condemned the acquittal of the accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid attack and 2002 Naroda Patia massacre case and termed it a travesty of justice.

On April 16, five accused linked to extremist Hindutva organizations, including self-confessed perpetrator Swami Aseemanand, were acquitted by a special National Investigation Agency court in Hyderabad. Aseemanand retracted his confession about his role in the bomb blast which claimed nine lives and wounded 58 others.

Separately, on April 20, in a shocking judgment, the Gujarat High Court acquitted former BJP minister Maya Kodnani, who was convicted in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots case, in which 97 people, mostly women and children. were cruelly massacred. Kodnani was termed the "kingpin" of the gruesome crime by the special fast-track court when it convicted her in 2012 and sentenced her to 28 years in prison.

In both cases, survivors and families of victims have deplored the verdict and plan to appeal the judgments.

“The acquittal of accused in both the cases, despite incontrovertible evidence and confessions, represents a failure of the judiciary in upholding the rule of law," said Ahsan Khan, president of IAMC.

Indian American Muslim Council

Morton Grove, Illinois

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