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VHP opposes move to seek death for Kodnani

PTI  Ahmedabad, April 18, 2013
First Published: 01:27 IST(18/4/2013) | Last Updated: 08:38 IST(14/5/2013)

Gujarat’s VHP leadership is up in arms against the Gujarat government’s decision to seek death penalty for former state minister Maya Kodnani and nine others in connection with the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case.

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"VHP strongly condemns the reported decision of the Gujarat government to seek death penalty for Maya Kodnani, Babu Bajarngi and other Hindus sentenced in the Naroda case," Gujarat VHP general secretary Ranchhod Bharwad told reporters here on Wednesday.

Calling the decision "shocking" and "a blow to Hindus", Bharwad has written to chief minister Narendra Modi urging him to withdraw the decision.

Recently, the Gujarat state legal department approved the recommendation of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT to file an appeal in the Gujarat high court, seeking enhancement of sentences to 10 convicts, including former minister Maya Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi.

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