A New Delhi court acquitted four accused of rioting and vandalism while hearing a case related to the 2020 inter-communal violence that swept northeast Delhi.
The court heard the case against Shahrukh, Ashu, Zuber and Ashwani, who were accused of being part of a riotous mob that set fire to tractors and handcarts and ransacked school buses in a parking lot at Kardam Puri here on February 25, 2020.
“The prosecutor has not been able to prove his case against the defendants beyond reasonable doubt, which is the touchstone of criminal law. Therefore, all four defendants have been acquitted of all criminal offenses,” said Amitabh Rawat, judge of the additional hearings in a recent injunction. . .
The court noted that, according to the prosecution, two witnesses had identified the suspect.
However, the said witnesses stated during their interrogation that they had never identified rioters or told the investigating officer about the identity of the accused, the court said.
Both witnesses categorically denied that the four accused were involved in the present case of rioting and instead said they did not know them, the court said.
So nothing incriminating had been recorded against the suspect, it added.
Jyoti Nagar Police Station had filed charges against the accused under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including those relating to riot armed with deadly weapons, unlawful assembly and mischief by fire or explosive substances with the intent to destroy houses, etc.
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