Anti-quota riots: 5 acquitted in cop murder case

AHMEDABAD: Thirty-four years after a police constable was killed within the town all through the anti-reservation riots, five individuals including a BJP chief have been acquitted on Tuesday by a town sessions courtroom for want of proof.


In 1985, a police constable Lakshman Desai was killed in Khadia when a meeting to protest towards the OBC quota machine in government jobs and schooling became violent. Seven individuals have been arraigned as accused including former BJP minister Ashok Bhatt, former BJP MP Harin Pathan, Mayur Dave, Vijay Shah, Kiran Shah, Dhruv Vyas and Madhukar Vyas.


Two politicians, Bhatt and Pathak, have been discharged by the courtroom on this case and the sessions courtroom performed the trial towards five others. As the trial came about more than three a long time after the incident, the courtroom did not to find any proof. The police officer who had lodged the FIR did not identify the accused in courtroom. Other witnesses too did not make stronger the prosecution’s case satisfactorily. The courtroom acquitted the accused individuals for want of proof, stated their advocate Chetan Shah.


The acquittal on this case was recorded by further sessions judge A R Patel. He heard the case after one of the most accused individuals, Vijay Shah, requested the main sessions judge in December ultimate year to transfer the case from further sessions judge N P Syed accusing that she seemed prejudicial and the accused feared that the result of the trial would be nothing but conviction. The case was transferred to judge Patel.


The trial was behind schedule on this case following various litigations in higher courts. The sufferer’s window fought the prison combat up to the Supreme Court for right kind investigation and towards the lower courtroom’s choice to discharge senior BJP leaders. Due to various litigations, the trial on this case remained stayed for many years.
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