Gujarat: Convict in massacre of 97 Muslims campaigns for her daughter, a BJP candidate

Gujarat, India, November 14 (KMS): Manoj Kukrani, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the Naroda Patiya massacre case of the 2002 Gujarat Muslim genocide and later granted bail on health grounds, is campaigning for his daughter, Payal Kukrani, a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate.

Pictures showed that Manoj was warmly greeted by Balram Thawani, the sitting BJP MLA from Naroda, and BJP party workers during campaigning.

Manoj’s daughter, 30-year-old Payal figured in the BJP’s first list of 160 candidates for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls.

Manoj Kukrani, a BJP worker at the time of the genocide, got regular bail in the case in 2016 following his lawyers had submitted that he was “totally bedridden and not in a position to carry out his day-to-day activities, and that his condition was deteriorating day by day and that lastly, he was suspected to be suffering from brain cancer.”

The Naroda Patiya massacre took place on 28 February 2002 at Naroda in Ahmedabad during the 2002 Gujarat Muslim genocide. As many as 97 Muslims were killed by a mob of approximately 5,000 people, organised by the Bajrang Dal, a wing of the Vishva Hindu Parishad, and supported by the BJP which was in power in Gujarat. The incident was later described as “the largest single case of mass murder.

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