’93 Bombay riots accused acquitted
By: A Mid Day Correspondent, February 25, 2006
Even as the BEST Bakery verdict was announced, the sessions court acquitted all 14 accused, arrested in connection with rioting in Agripada following the Babri Masjid demolition incident in 1993 for lack of evidence.
The police officers had failed to recognise the accused and no seizures were made from them. In all, 27 were accused as per recommendations of the Sri Krishna Commission Report under various sections of the IPC, including murder, and the Arms Act.
Out of the 27 accused in this case, six had died during and before the start of trial, seven were absconding and 14 were acquitted today.
The ones acquitted by Judge J S Kalyanpur were Santosh Nagokar, David, Anees Chikhalkar, Vinayak Nizapkar, Azim Mahadkar, Suryakant Tadkar, Adesh Palker, Satish Beloskar, Anil Talkar, Ajay Jadhav, Datta Gawli, Ganesh Railkar, Shashikant Adhivilekar and Raju Develkar.
All accused in post Babri Masjid riots acquitted
Mumbai | February 24, 2006 8:40:08 PM IST
A local court today acquitted all the accused, in connection with rioting in the Agripada area here following the Babri Masjid demolition incident in 1993.
Session Judge Ms J S Kalyanpur acquitted all the accused for lack of evidence. The police officers had failed to recognise the accused and no seizures were made from them.
In all 27 persons were accused as per recommendations of the Sri Krishna Commission report under various sections of IPC including murder and Arms Act.
Out of the 27 accused in this case, six had died during and before the start of trial, seven persons were absconding and fourteen were acquitted today.
15 walk free in 1993 riots case
[ Saturday, February 25, 2006 01:07:17 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]
MUMBAI: A sessions court on Friday acquitted 15 men on charges of murder and rioting during the post-Babri masjid demolition riots of 1993.
The accused—David Zons, Arun Chikalkar, Vinayak Nizapkar, Azim Mahadkar, Suryakant Talkar, Adesh Pailkar, Satish Biloskar, Anil Talkar, Ajay Jadhav, Datta Gawali, Ganesh Railkar, Shashikant Adhvilekar, Raju Develkar, Santosh Nagaonkar and Madan Jadhav—were named in an FIR filed by the Agripada police in January 1993.
All the accused were charged with rioting and murder on January 9, 1993, at Kalapani Junction, BIT Chawl and Sakli Street.
In her deposition before the Sri Krishna Commission, witness Mumtaz Rehman had testified that the accused had attacked chawl number 12 in BIT Chawl, where 63 of 80 chawls were occupied by Muslims.
Rehman had also said the rioters stood with the police as they tried to enter the chawls and threw bottles from outside.
But when the mob tried to set fire to the chawls with gas cylinders, the police restrained them from doing so. Another woman, Mehrunissa Ansari, had given similar testimony to the commission.
Nagaonkar was arrested in 2001 after Rehman had named him as an accused. When the matter came up in court all the independent witnesses turned hostile and the prosecution had to rely on police witnesses.
The case fell through when the police could not show any seizure of weapons or even identify the accused in court.
Twenty seven men were named as accused in the FIR, of which seven jumped bail and are currently absconding while six are dead.