Perpetrator: Muslim Extremists
Number: 34 Hindus killed, 80 injured
On 24 September, 2002, two armed Jihadi terrorists attacked the Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, killing 34 Hindus and injuring another 80. They used hand grenades and automatic weapons.
National Security Guards gunned down the Jihadis the same night.
On 25 September 2002, Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee said that the attack on the Akshardham Temple Complex in Gandhinagar, Gujarat was a well thought out conspiracy and that the federal government will launch a thorough investigation and get to the bottom of it
It was evident that the attack was to avenge the Godhara riots of Gujarat which saw many Muslim casualties.
In May 2014, Supreme Court acquitted all 6 accused – Adam Ajmeri, Shan Miya alias Chand Khan, Mufti Abdul Qyyum Mansuri, Mohammed Salim Shaikh, Abdulmiyan Qadri, Altaf Hussain, including those awarded death penalty, for lack of evidence; the prosecution failed to establish the guilt of the accused.
Mohammed Farooq Shaikh, the Jihadi terrorist who raised funds for the attack was arrested in Delhi airport on 26 Nov, 2018