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Mumbai violence: bail pleas of 5 accused rejected

mumbai Updated: Sep 08, 2012 01:00 IST
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A sessions court on Friday rejected the bail applications of five persons, arrested for their involvement in the Azad Maidan violence.

On August 11, a protest organised at Azad Maidan against the alleged killing of Muslims in Myanmar and Assam had turned violent.

The court, while rejecting the bail plea, observed that prima facie evidence proves that the accused were present at the spot and were involved in the violence.

The court further stated that since the investigation is at a crucial stage, the investigating agency requires time to to complete the probe. Granting bail to accused might hamper the process of investigation, the court observed.

The five persons, who were among the group of 23 people arrested from the spot in connection with the violence, had applied for bail last week. The advocate for the accused argued that while they were present at the spot, they were not part of the mob that had turned violent and attacked policemen, media personnel and others present there.

The court, after considering the CCTV footage and statements of witnesses recorded by the police, observed that the evidence produced by the crime branch proves their involvement in the violence.

Two people were killed and 63 — most of whom were policemen — were injured in the violence. The police have arrested 59 in the case so far. However, five people have been discharged with the courts citing lack of adequate evidence.