Principal District and Sessions Court here has denied bail to four persons arrested in connection with a case relating to torching alive of six people at Thoppuvalasai near here, even as the Uchipuli Inspector of Police moved the court to cancel the bail granted to the first accused in the case.
Six people — a woman, her four children and her father — were gruesomely burnt alive when they were sleeping in their hut at Thoppuvalasai near Uchipuli on October 1 over a land dispute. Principal District and Sessions Judge W. Sathasivam dismissed the bail applications of K. Lathe Muniyandi alias Muniyandi, A. Sujakani, N. Panchatcharam and Mangalam alias Mangalanathan, stating that he was not inclined to grant bail in view of the gravity of the offence.
In all, police had arraigned nine people as accused in the case. While Looyis Raj, the owner of the disputed property and cited as first accused in the FIR, was granted bail on October 31, four accused tried in vain to secure bail, while four others are yet to seek bail.
The petitioners/accused sought bail, submitting that they were in no way connected with the case and claimed that the hut accidently caught fire. They were in custody for more than a month, they pleaded.
The prosecution, however, opposed granting of bail, saying the investigation was still pending and if the accused were released on bail, they would tamper with the evidences.
Meanwhile, Uchipuli Inspector of Police had filed a petition seeking to cancel the bail granted to Looyis Raj on the ground that he failed to abide by the conditions imposed by the court. While granting bail, former Judge Sivasubramanian had laid down a condition that the accused should report to the Uchipuli police station daily, but he failed to report, the Inspector said.
Looyis Raj had filed a petition seeking to relax the bail condition and allow him to report at the Ramanathapuram police station as he faced threat to life at Uchipuli. During the pendency of the petition, he filed a fresh petition that he was admitted to hospital in Chennai and sought to stay the bail condition for two weeks.
Mr. Sathasivam, who has taken over as District and Sessions Judge recently, posted the two petitions filed by the accused and the cancellation petition filed by the Inspector of Police to November 27 for hearing.