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Might have been bystander: Courtroom clears man in 1993 riots case | India Information


MUMBAI: Twenty-eight years after a now-62-year-old man was accused of being a part of a mob of round 400 who had been hurling stones, soda bottles and hearth balls at one another throughout communal riots within the metropolis, a periods court docket acquitted him after observing that even when it’s assumed that he was on the spot, it’s attainable that he was simply an harmless bystander.
The court docket discovered that apart from the formal witnesses — two cops a part of the probe and a panch — who deposed about seizure of articles from the spot, there was nothing to point the complicity of the accused, Rashid Khan.
“There isn’t a impartial witness to determine the accused. True that the incident is of 1993 and after such an extended delay, witnesses can’t be discovered in order to determine the accused. It’s true that the mob consisted of 300 to 400 individuals and it’s tough to determine who actively participated in vandalising the property. No particular act is attributed to the accused,” the court docket mentioned.
The court docket mentioned the advantage of doubt goes in Khan’s favour. “There may be nothing on file to recommend that the accused actively participated within the illegal meeting,” the court docket mentioned.
Khan was untraceable for many years and at last arrested in December 2020. He pleaded ‘not responsible’ earlier than the court docket.
Throughout cross-examination, a cop who was a part of the patrolling obligation, denied the suggestion that as a consequence of police firing to disperse the mob, one individual was injured and to hush up the matter a false case was registered.
The prosecution’s case was that on January 12, 1993, round 3.15am, police on npatrol obligation noticed a mob of 300 to 400 individuals engaged in throwing stones and hurling soda bottles at one another. The prosecution mentioned to regulate the mob, cops used lathis however they (the mob) turned extra aggressive. Lastly, police fired within the air. The prosecution mentioned within the rush, one individual obtained shot and he died subsequently.





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