Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: The Special Additional District Sessions Court (Marad cases) has acquitted seven persons in the case relating to setting ablaze a house during the communal disturbances at Marad eight years ago.

Special court judge K.P. Prasannakumari absolved Kelappandakathu Pratapan, Muraleedharan, Sureshan, Manikandan, Sathyan, Shaji and Rajesh alias Muthu of all charges in connection with the case of setting the house of Kinnattindakathu Koyamon on fire during the riots on January 3, 2002.

Charges not proved

The court said the prosecution failed to prove the charges against the accused. The Beypore police had charged the accused following a complaint filed by Ayeshabi, wife of Koyamon.

The accused were charged under Section 153-A (promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence and language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony); Section 436 (mischief by fire or explosives with intent to destroy house); Section 450 ( house trespass in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment for life); Section 427 (mischief causing damage) read with Section 149 (every member of the unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the IPC.

The court examined seven witnesses, 12 documents and three material objects.

This is the 14th out of the 67 cases registered in connection with the incidents, including five murders, on Marad beach on January 3 and 4, 2002.