Terming as "a deadly attack on Hindus" the Gujarat government's nod for seeking death penalty for former BJP minister Maya Kodnani and nine others in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case, Shiv Sena today said Hindus have different expectations from chief minister Narendra Modi.
"There is a feeling that Modi is a protector of Hindus. Seeking death penalty for Kodnani and Bajrangi is a deadly attack on Hindus, who have different expectations from Modi," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said. "It has become a crime to be a Hindu in this country. We are sad that those launching deadly attacks on Hindus are Hindus."
In August last year, a trial court had sentenced Kodnani, once a close Modi aide, to 28 years in jail, while Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison. Eight others were awarded 31-year imprisonment, while 22 convicts got 24 years prison term.
As many as 97 people were killed in Naroda Patiya locality by a violent mob on February 28, 2002, a day after the Godhra train carnage triggered communal riots in Gujarat.