Gujarat court acquits six in communal violence case

March 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Gujarat, India, newsletter-india, Persecution

gujarat_communal_violenceGujarat, March 8, 2012: They were accused of intercepting a mother-son duo and burning them alive.

A court in Gujarat today acquitted six persons accused of killing a mother-son duo during the 2002 communal riots in the state.

Additional Sessions Judge M.P. Sheth acquitted the accused for lack of evidence.

They were accused of intercepting Firoz and his mother Hamidabanu burning them alive in Gomtipur in Ahmedabad on April 21, 2002.

The rioters had also looted some Muslim shops in the same area.

Though a complaint of the incident was immediately filed by one of the shop owners, six of the seven accused were arrested only after four years.

One of the accused had died by then.

The charge sheet filed described how petrol was procured and the mother-son duo torched on road in broad daylight. But the police had not named any eyewitness in the chargesheet.

The trial in the case started in 2011 where eight witnesses were examined including the doctor who performed autopsy on the deceased.

Public Prosecutor U. D. Shekhawat said the investigation in the case was not proper as the accused were arrested very late.

– ucan

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