Another 35 let off in riots case
Thirty-five people accused of rioting and shouting anti-Muslim slogans during the 1992-93 riots have been acquitted by the special riots court for lack of evidence, reports Mustafa Plumber.india Updated: May 24, 2008 03:31 IST
Thirty-five people accused of rioting and shouting anti-Muslim slogans during the 1992-93 riots were on Friday acquitted by the special riots court for lack of evidence. Special riots magistrate R.C. Bapat Sarkar acquitted the 35, who had been booked by the N M Joshi Marg police, after the prosecution failed to prove the case against them.
According to the police case, 49 people were arrested in four different cases in the N M Joshi Marg area during the riots. However, when the trial came up for hearing 12 accused went absconding, while two passed away during the pendency of the trial.
The police said that on January 11, 1993 a mob of 50-100 people took out a morcha at Lower Parel, and shouted anti-Muslim slogans. The crowd also pelted stones at a building mainly occupied by Muslims. The police opened fire to disperse the crowd, said the defence lawyer.
During the trial, the prosecution examined 12 witnesses but none of them could identify the accused. The accused argued in their defence that the police had picked them up randomly. Since the police could not provide any evidence against the accused the court found it fit to acquit them.
This is the 14th case that has resulted in an acquittal, taking the number of acquittals to 81 people. Only in one of the 15 cases has the court sentenced two people to three months imprisonment.