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Ragunath temple attack case: J&K court acquits 6

india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 16:10 IST

Citing lack of evidence, a court in Jammu has acquitted all six accused in the 2002 Raghunath temple terror attack case, in which 11 people were killed, saying a majority of the prosecution witnesses failed to identify any of the accused.

Principal Sessions Judge (Jammu) Subhash Chander Gupta on Monday cleared them of the charges while pointing out that the investigative agency has failed to submit adequate evidence in the case of the suicide attack on the temple and Raghunath Bazar on March 30, 2002.

The judge, after hearing public prosecutor EA Tak and defence counsel BR Gupta observed that there were 84 witnesses in support of the chargesheet provided by the investigating agency, out of which 67, who deposed, failed to identify any of the accused.

"There is not any of evidence in their statements against the present accused as none of these witnesses named any of the accused except stating about the two killed terrorists," he observed.

Referring to statements of four policemen—Inspector Deepak Raina, ASI Nazir Ahmed and constables Faqir Chand and Mohd Aslam—the judge said they only spoke about details provided by one Virinder Sharma, one of those arrested in the case, and recovery of huge quantities of arms and ammunition.

But their statements nowhere showed association of the accused with Sharma, he said.