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Bhiwandi police station attack: all accused acquitted by district court

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Thane | Friday, Sep 9 2016 IST
At a time when attack on policemen have become order of the day, the Thane district court in its recent order, acquitted all the 18 accused who were tried in the infamous case of 2006 related to the riots and attack on a under construction police station in the power loom town of Bhiwandi in the district.In his recent order the District Judge AS Bhaisare, set the accused free on benefit of doubt after the prosecution failed to prove the charges against all the accused. The incident itself kicked up much row as at the same time elsewhere in the night two policemen who were on patrolling duty were killed by the armed irate mob.The police officers who were on duty at Bhiwandi police stations, Ramesh Jagtap and BS Gangurde had become martyrs thus. The case pertaining to this incident of Nizampura police station is yet to be decided in the courts.In the present case in hand the 18 accused who have been acquitted were tried for offences punishable under many sections of the Bombay Police Act and of the Prevention of Destruction of Public Property Act.Appearing for the prosecution the Additional Public Prosecutor Dilip Bahiram, told the court that on July 5, 2006 the mob of Raza Academy headed by Shakil Raza started demolishing the new police station at Kotergate by pelting stones.Raza along with his 200 to 300 associates were shouting slogans, "Police Khade Hai, Unko Pakdo Aur Maro, Kato," he said.Some people from the mob entered in the station, broke the boxes of SRPF and robbed them with cash, ATM card, identity card and the goods lying in the station. They also set the goods of police station on fire. Some policemen were also injured during the attack, he added. While Adv Dhananjay Patil appearing for the alleged accused persons contested the allegations and told the court that the arrested accused were innocent and were not at all involved in the said crime. The judge in his order said, " there is no evidence on record that the accused persons were responsible for the same. Therefore, though the accused persons are more than five, it cannot be said that they were members of unlawful assembly and in prosecution of common object of such unlawful assembly, had committed riot with deadly weapons and caused grievous hurt, caused mischief to the scooter and other goods and robbed by causing grievous hurt to the police officials beyond all reasonable doubts. I therefore, answer to all the points in the negative."UNI XR HK SHS ADG RAI1341

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