Published On : Tue, Jun 27th, 2017

Gulberg massacre: VHP leader Atul Vaidya gets bail

Survivors of the 2002 Gujarat riots weep inside a house that was burnt and damaged in the riots at the Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad
Gujarat: The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday granted bail to convicted Vishva Hindu Parishad leader Atul Vaidya in connection with the Gulberg Society massacre case.

Earlier in the week, a special court had sentenced 11 convicts to life imprisonment, 12 to seven years and another to 10 years in jail in connection with the case in which 69 people were killed.

The special investigation court on June 2 found 24 people guilty, 11 of them of murder in the 14-year-old case. The trial began in 2009.

Zakia Jafri, the wife of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, expressed her disappointment over the verdict in this matter and hinted that she might approach the higher courts.

“After so many people died, that’s all the court could decide? Just 12 guilty? I will have to fight this,” Jafri told media.

Social activist Teesta Setalvad, who has been fighting for justice for the victims, welcomed the verdict but expressed disappointment with the “lesser sentence”.