Hindus 'Guilty of Muslim Deaths'

June 18, 2007

Author: Amarnath Tewary, Patna

Source: BBC News


A court in India has convicted 14 Hindus of mass killings of Muslims during some of the country's bloodiest religious rioting nearly 20 years ago.

The men were found guilty of killing and burying 116 Muslims in Bhagalpur in the northern state of Bihar in 1989.

More than 1,000 people died in the riots, which came after Hindus marched at the flashpoint holy site of Ayodhya.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar promised justice to Bhagalpur victims when he came to power in 2005.