New Delhi, Jan 31: The Supreme Court sought a response from the Gujarat government on a plea by former Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi, who has been sentenced to 21 years in jail in the Naroda Patiya massacre case in which 97 people were killed by a mob during 2002 Gujarat riots, seeking bail on health grounds.
The high court had convicted 16 people, including Babu Bajrangi, and acquitted 18 others, among them former BJP minister Maya Kodnani.
The massacre took place on February 28, 2002, a day after the Sabarmati Express was torched at Godhra. According to the prosecution, a mob led by Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi gathered at Naroda Patiya having sizeable population of Muslims and massacred 35 children and adults, that included 36 women. The rioters looted houses and destroyed shrines.