Mumbai, Feb 26: Citing lack of evidence, a sessions court has acquitted 15 persons of the charges of rioting and murder in a case registered here during the post-Babri Masjid demolition riots of 1993.
The court acquitted all the accused as police failed to show the recovery of weapons from them and the witnesses too did not identify the accused in the court.
Altogether 27 persons were named accused in the FIR. Of them, seven jumped bail and are still absconding while five passed away.
The accused were charged with rioting and attempt to murder on January 9, 1993, at Kalapani Junction, Bit Chawl and Sakli Street in Central Mumbai.
Mumtaz Rehman, a witness, deposing before Srikrishna Commission of inquiry into 1993 communal riots, had alleged that the accused had attacked Bit Chawl where 63 of the 80 dwellings were occupied by Muslims.
She also said that the mob threw soda water bottles at the houses in front of police but when they attempted to set the dwellings afire, they were restrained by the cops.
However, the trial court acquitted them due to lack of evidence as police could not show seizure of weapons and the accused could not be identified in the court.
The 15 accused acquitted were David, Arun Chikalkar, Vinayak Nizapkar, Azim Mahadkar, Suryakant Talkar, Adesh Pailkar, Satish Biloskar, Anil Talkar, Ajay Jadhav, Datta Gawli, Ganesh Railkar, Shashikant Adhvilekar, Raju Develkar, Santosh Nagaonkar and Madan Jadhav.