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India’s top court on Tuesday released on bail at least 17 convicts jailed for life for taking part in an anti-Muslim pogrom, local media reported.

The Supreme Court of India issued bail orders for the convicts who were found guilty for the 2002 Sardarpura massacre in which 33 Muslims were burned alive in the western province of Gujarat.

According to Press Trust of India news agency, the country’s apex court ruled to send the convicts in two groups to the neighboring central Madhya Pradesh province for “community service.”

At least 33 Muslims, including 22 women, were burned alive in

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