A person accused of firing at police during the 1993 Mumbai riots was acquitted for lack of evidence and prosecution’s failure to prove the case.
The police said on January 9, 1993, a mob of over 300 people gathered outside the BIT chawl and began pelting stones at the houses. Even though the police asked the mob to disperse they began setting houses on fire. Later the police resorted to lathi charge and the mob responded with bricks and stones. Some of them began firing at the police.
In retaliation, the police fired at the mob and the mob dispersed. However the mob gathered again after sometime. The police arrested 12 people for the attack.
The accused were booked for unlawful assembly, attempt to murder and rioting under Indian Penal Code.
Though the court had tried the case against 11 of the accused, the trial against Hadi Mehendi was pending and was separated, because he was not available for trial.
During the trial, prosecution examined five witnesses to prove the case against Mehendi. However, the defense argued that there were no curfew in the area and Mehandi was just a passerby who was arrested by the police.
The defense also argued that prosecution did not prove that Mehandi was part of the unlawful assembly.
Further, the defense argued that the police could not identify the accused.
Accepting the argument of the defense the court acquitted Mehandi.