The article “A partial sense of closure” (Sept. 6) on the verdict in the Naroda-Patiya massacre case reinforces that good people do good things, evil people do evil things but with religion, good people do evil things. It is horrifying to imagine that the incidents narrated in the article actually took place. What a blot on our marvellous history of religious tolerance! People should remember that we are all human beings first. The special court verdict handing down stiff sentences to the perpetrators of the Naroda-Patiya massacre is historic. As the article points out, it is equally important to punish the authorities who shirked their responsibility during the massacre. Surely, they could have prevented the violence had they wanted to.

K.R. Sindhura,

Bangalore

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