28 Accused of Gujarat Riots Acquitted by Court After Witnesses Turned Hostile

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Godhra : All 28 accused in a post-Godhra riots case have been acquitted by a Gandhinagar District Court after witnesses turned hostile.

A district court of Gandhinagar, Gujarat has released 28 accused of 2002 Gujarat riots. These accused were facing charges of rioting, arson, damaging properties belonging to people from the Muslim community and vandalising a Muslim’s shrine in Paliyad village in Kalol taluka.

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On 31st January court has order that in this case the accused and defend has come to conclusion, and the riot which was happened on 28th feb 2002 Police are unable to provide enough evidence on the incident. Court also observed that the charges on charge-sheet are not proven due to lack on evidences.

Those acquitted have been identified as Natwar K Patel, Mahesh V Prajapati, Manu A Prajapati, Babu T Prajapati, Vijay B Patel, Vinod S Patel, Ramesh D Mochi, Nitin R Patel, Ashok G Patel, Shailesh R Patel, among others. Most of the accused are from Paliyad village while three are residents of Ahmedabad.

Additional session Judge Patel’s order says BB Skeelaben Ajmeri. Abbasman Ajmeri, Syed Njumian as witness turned hostile in court and they refuges to recognised from crowd of 500 people . These witnesses told the court that the police himself wrote the names of the accused and the agreement was done in the presence of village leaders. Defence lawyer has said earlier that several police presented the accused as a witness.

The session court agree with counsel that case not investigated properly, and it is also agreed by officers who are investigating this case.

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Agreeing with the defence lawyer’s submission that police had cited several accused as witnesses, the order further says: “The investigation cannot be said to be proper, justifiable, which even the investigating officer had conceded…all the witnesses turned hostile and even independent witnesses didn’t support the prosecution complaint.”

Court said the witness have also changed their statements,and independent witness of the prosecution did not support the complaint. Court also said the officers who investigating the case and witness have died. Pliad several witness have left the village, in all the document proved that the agreement has been reached because both the side lack of sufficient evidence.

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