A court docket at Halol city in Gujarat’s Panchmahal district has acquitted 22 individuals, accused of killing 17 members of a minority group together with two kids, for need of proof in a case stemming from the 2002 post-Godhra communal riots within the state. In keeping with the prosecution, the victims had been killed on February 28, 2002 and their our bodies burnt with an intention to destroy proof.
The court docket of Further Periods Decide Harsh Trivedi on Tuesday acquitted all of the 22 accused, eight of whom died in the course of the pendency of the case, defence lawyer Gopalsinh Solanki mentioned.
“The court docket acquitted all of the accused within the case of rioting and homicide of 17 members of a minority group, together with two kids, in Delol village of the district for need of proof,” Mr Solanki mentioned.
Communal riots had damaged out in numerous components of the state a day after a bogie of the Sabarmati Categorical was torched by a mob close to Godhra city in Panchmahal district on February 27, 2002, killing 59 passengers, most of them ‘karsevaks’ getting back from Ayodhya.
An FIR (first info report) was lodged beneath Indian Penal Code sections pertaining to homicide and rioting after the violence in Delol village.
One other police inspector lodged a case afresh almost two years after the incident and arrested 22 individuals for his or her alleged involvement within the riots.
The prosecution was unable to assemble sufficient proof in opposition to the accused individuals, and even witnesses turned hostile, Mr Solanki mentioned.
The defence lawyer mentioned the our bodies of the victims had been by no means discovered.
Police recovered bones from an remoted place on the banks of a river, however they had been charred to such an extent that the identification of the victims couldn’t be established, he mentioned.
“Due to lack of proof, the court docket acquitted all of the 22 accused, eight of whom died in the course of the trial,” he mentioned.
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