The court of sessions judge RK Sondhi, on Friday, acquitted five persons, who were booked for planning to commit dacoity at Chowki village, in Panchkula, due to lack of evidence.
As per the police, on April 1, 2013, at about 10pm, Mithlesh and Ashfaq Ali, both residents of Sector 8, Panchkula, Tafiq and Irshad, residents of Budhanpur, and Raju, resident of a shanty near Gurudwara Nada Sahib, assembled between Gumtala and Chowki villages and had planned to commit dacoity.
The police arrested them and registered a case against them under Sections 399 (making preparation to commit dacoity) and 402 (assembling for purpose of committing dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
"During the trial, it came out that no independent witnesses were there during recovery of a stick from them. Also, there were contradictions in the statements of the police personnel,"said defence counsel VPS Namdev, on possible reasons of acquittal.