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Gujarat Court acquits 22 accused in post-Godhra Riots case, cites lack of evidence

The defence lawyer also said that the Police recovered the bones from an isolated place on the banks of a river, however, he added that the bones were burnt to a level that the identity of the victims couldn’t be determined.

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Godhra Riots case

A court at Halol Town in Gujarat’s Panchmahal district acquitted 22 accused convicted of killing people from the minority community during the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat. According to reports, the case which dates back to 2002, had 17 victims which included 2 children.

The court of Additional Sessions judge Harsh Trivedi on Tuesday acquitted 22 accused in the case of rioting and murder of 17 members of a minority community in Delol village owing to the lack of evidence. The 22 accused who were acquitted include 8 persons who died during the course of the trial.

According to reports, the prosecution claimed that the 17 victims, including 2 children were killed on February 28, 2002, after which the bodies of the victims were also burnt in a bid to destroy evidence.

The defence lawyer, Gopasinh Solanki, while talking to the media, said that the prosecution failed to gather enough evidence against the accused and also said that the witnesses also turned hostile. Solanki also added that the bodies of the victims were never found.

The defence lawyer also said that the Police recovered the bones from an isolated place on the banks of a river, however, he added that the bones were burnt to a level that the identity of the victims couldn’t be determined.

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Delol Village communal riots

According to reports, communal riots had transpired in various parts of Gujarat after a coach of Sabarmati Express on February 27 was lit reportedly by a mob of people near Godhra town in Panchmahal District. The fire of the coach resulted in killing 59 passengers including a mass toll of people who were karsevaks returning from Ayodhya.

Following the incident, various parts of the state saw communal riots trigger as the riots and violence also reached Delol village. After the riots in Delol village transpired which led to 17 murders, an FIR was lodged under IPC sections pertaining to murder and rioting.

A fresh case was registered by an police inspector two years after the riots which led to the arrest of 22 people accused of being involved in the riots.

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Removing innerwear of minor girls forcefully is equivalent to rape, says Calcutta High Court

A single judge bench of Justice Ananya Bandopadhyay ruled this out while hearing a 2007 minor case.

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Minor Rape

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday held that forceful removal of the innerwear of minor girls is equivalent to rape.

A single judge bench of Justice Ananya Bandopadhyay ruled this out while hearing a 2007 minor case. Justice Bandhopadhyay held that removing the undergarment of the minor victim and forcing her to lie down on the ground cannot be for any other reason than to sexually ravish her.

She also observed that the minor child cannot be pampered or mollycoddled by asking to remove her pants and reclining her against her wish.

The High Court was hearing a case of Robi Roy who was accused of luring a minor girl to a secluded place with ice cream and asking her to remove her innerwear. When the minor victim refused, he forcefully removed her undergarment.

Roy was declared guilty by a lower court in West Dinajpur in 2008. Reports said the incident came to light after the minor victim started screaming when Roy forcefully removed her innerwear.

The nearby locals rushed to the spot following her scream and handed over the accused to the police.

Reports further said the lower court declared Roy guilty in November 2008 and slapped him with five and a half years of jail and also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 for the crime.

Roy challenged the order of West Dinajpur and moved to the High Court and claimed that he was falsely implicated. The accused, in his petition, claimed that he had no bad intentions towards the victim and expressed his fatherly affection towards the girl.

Reports also said the medical tests conducted on the minor victim proved that no sexual assault was carried out on her. However, the Calcutta High Court on February 7 ruled out that the incident is similar to the rape of sexual offence under Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code.

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Two groups clash in Uttar Pradesh after argument, whips each other with belt, video viral | Watch

Minor children can also be seen caught up in the brawl between the two parties.

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A video has come to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh where two groups clashed over a minor dispute, according to reports. The two groups were seen fighting each other in a busy street as both of them tried to gain on each other.

The incident is reported to be under the jurisdiction of Rorawar police station.

In the video, a commotion can be seen ensuing between two groups of people as both the parties use belts to whip each other. The traffic on the road can be seen ignoring passing by the fight between the two parties.

The video also shows one party chasing after another toward the end of the video as they scream and call out the people. Minor children can also be seen caught up in the brawl between the two parties.

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Another incident

Another incident also came to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur where an elderly man was brutally beaten up by 4 car-borne men for crashing into their vehicle. The men can be seen brutally assaulting the elderly man irrespective of the elderly man’s age.

The video of the incident was recorded by the bystanders who were watching the harrowing incident unravel.

In the video, 4-5 men can be seen ganging up and fiercely beating up the elderly man after picking the man up from the ground following his crash. The men can be seen dragging the man toward the back of the car and beating him up.

The incident transpired on heavily thronged roads as cars and other vehicles can also be seen passing by the area where the elderly man was beaten up. The bystanders who made the video can also be heard in a state of shock to witness such a thing ensuing.

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After the video went viral, the police also took cognizance of the matter and registered a case in the matter in the Pilkhuwa police station. The police also informed that they are investigating the matter further, according to reports.

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38-year-old man dies in lockup in Jammu and Kashmir, family alleges police torture, 2 cops suspended

The deceased’s family has alleged that he was tortured in custody.

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38-year-old man dies in lockup in Jammu and Kashmir, family alleges police torture, 2 cops suspended

Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday suspended two cops after a 38-year-old man allegedly died under mysterious circumstances in a lockup in Kathua district. The deceased’s family has alleged that he was tortured in custody.

Kathua Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shivdeep Jamwal said that two cops have been suspended and the post in charge has been attached to police lines in this matter.

Reportedly, the deceased has been identified as Sonu Kumar, who was arrested by the Kathua police on Saturday after they recovered 7 grams of heroin from his possession in the Goond area of ​​Kathua. He was later sent to a police lockup at Nagari Post on Saturday.

The officials said Kumar, a street food vendor, died under mysterious circumstances in the lockup on Monday night. His body has been sent to the district’s government medical college (GMC) for postmortem.

Kumar’s nephew, Rahul, said the former was fit and fine when he met him on Sunday evening. He alleged that Kumar died due to torture in police custody. Kumar’s wife has demanded justice and punishment for those responsible for her husband’s death.

SSP said a magisterial probe has been ordered in this connection.

Sonu Kumar was the sole breadwinner in the family. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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