28 December, 2008

63 convicted, 76 acquitted in Marad carnage case

Above: The special Court on Saturday convicted 63 accused in Marad massacre case.

ibnlive.com 27th December, 2009

Kozhikode: The special Court on Saturday convicted 63 accused, in a case relating to the May 2001 rpt 2001 communal attack at Marad beach near here, while acquitting 76 others for want of evidence. The attack had claimed nine lives.

Pronouncing the verdict in the case, Additional Session Judge Babu Mathew P Joseph said, of the total 139 accused, the prosecution could establish charges only against 63 of them.

While the court ordered cancellation of bail granted to the convicts, it said those absolved of the charges be set free immediately. Charges of murder had been framed against 62 of the convicts, while one had been held guilty of misusing a place of worship for carrying out the attack.

Argument against the convicts to decide the quantum of punishment would commence on December 30, the Judge, who himself had earlier received a life threat for conducting the trial, said.

The killings were carried out by assailants who reportedly arrived on the beach from across the Chaliyar river by boat late evening on May 2,2003. The dead, eight of them belonging to majority community, also included one of the accused who was killed accidentally during the attack.

The communal violence, worst-ever in the state's history, was said to be in sequel to the attack that took place in the same area a year before in which five persons were killed.

T P Mohammadali, brother of Aboobacker who was killed in the 2001 incident, is the prime accused in the case while Aboobacker's son Vijili is the seventh accused.

While the case was handed over to the Crime Branch on May 5, 2003, the Special Court was set up in 2004.

The accused were charged under various sections of IPC, Arms Act, Explosive Substances Act and the Religious Institution (Prevention of Misuse) Act.

Tight security arrangements had been made in and around the city since this morning where prohibitory orders would be in force till Monday evening.

The verdict was originally scheduled to be pronounced on November 29 but the Judge postponed it to Saturday seeking additional time for completing the report.

In all, 252 witnesses were cross-examination in the case.

Also Visit: Marad Hindu Massacre 

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