The Special Additional District Sessions Court (Marad cases) here on Tuesday acquitted five activists of the Marad Araya Samajam in connection with the case of setting on fire the house of a family during the communal riots at the coastal village of Marad in January 2002. Writing the judgment, Special Judge Sophy Thomas exonerated the accused as the prosecution failed to prove the charges against them. Those set free are K.P. Jayapalan; K. Deevaran; K. Manoj, A. Chitran and A. Mohandas. — Staff Reporter

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