The angry crowd raised slogans against Chief Minister Narendra Modi, activist Teesta Setalwad and even against the convicted BJP MLA Maya Kodnani who they blamed for “crucifying” their relatives.
A large number of women relatives of the convicts could be seen wailing.
As the news of sentences awarded to different convicts came out, three of them fainted and an ambulance had to be called in.
Among the three were Anju, wife of Vikram M Rathod, one of the convicts, and Priyanka, daughter of Ramesh K Didawala, another convict.
“Anju’s husband and her brother are among the convicts. She had been crying since they were pronounced guilty,” said Amrat Rathod, a relative, who was among the 29 accused who were acquitted by the court.
In contrast, Kodnani’s husband Surendrabhai, who hugged her when she arrived with the rest of the convicts, was quiet.
Among the crowd were also a few accused in the case who were acquitted in other cases of 2002 riots, like Bharat Teli and Atul Vaidya.
A large number of VHP and Bajrang Dal members were also present.
The crowd dispersed for a while only when it rained around 1 pm.
Non-bailable warrant against absconding convict
The trial court on Friday issued a non-bailable warrant against convict Suresh alias Sehjad Danubhai Netalkar, who has been absconding.
The court called the bail guarantor of Netalkar and gave a stern warning that it would not tolerate this.
The trial judge asked the SIT to submit a report on September 3 on the attempts made to trace the convict.
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