Last Updated: January 18, 2023, 00:04 IST
A neighborhood courtroom in Faizabad on Tuesday acquitted all 14 accused in a 2012 communal riots case as a result of lack of proof.
The courtroom of Faizabad District Judge Sanjiv Faujdaar handed the order, district authorities counsel Ram Krishna Tiwari mentioned.
“All the witnesses in the case grew to become hostile and the police had been unsuccessful in presenting any proof in opposition to the accused,” Tiwari told PTI.
The court acquitted all the 14 accused, he said.
Two persons were killed and several injured on October 24, 2012, in Faizabad during the riots that broke out after rumours that some idols of Goddess Durga were being attacked by unidentified persons during a procession.
During the riots, dozens of shops and houses were burnt and looted. The mob also torched police vehicles and attacked police personnel.
The Durga Puja procession was led by senior Samajwadi Party leader Manoj Jaiswal who was also the president of Ayodhya-Faizabad Durga Puja Committee. The Samajwadi Party was then in power in the state and Akhilesh Yadav was the chief minister.
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