Mumbai: The sessions court here on Monday
acquitted 21 persons including 11 Shiv Sena activists for
their alleged involvement in the 1993 Mumbai communal riots,
for the lack of evidence.
According to the case filed by NM Joshi Marg police, the
accused were arrested while pelting stones and committing
arson on January 10, 1993, in South Mumbai, during the
post-Babri Masjid demolition riots.
The accused had been arrested from the spot, and
policemen identified them as perpetrators in the court.
However, the only `eye witness` who had been allegedly
injured in the police firing failed to identify the accused.
The defence argued that the accused had been picked up
from homes and had no role in the alleged violence.
Defence also argued that police had not presented any
independent witnesses to support the case.
The court rejected the prosecution`s case and
acquitted all the accused.