2017 Panchkula violence: Six Dera Sacha Sauda followers acquitted for lack of evidence

The court of Sessions Judge Ritu Tagore acquitted all the six accused for lack of evidence in the case.

The Hush Post: In a major embarrassment for the Haryana government, a Panchkula court today acquitted six persons accused of rioting during the Panchkula violence which had broken out when Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted in two rape cases by a CBI court on August 25 last year. All the six were acquitted for lack of evidence.

Gyani Ram, Ravi Kumar, Hoshiyar Singh, Sanga Singh, Tarsem and Ram Kishan were booked in FIR No. 362 registered by the Panchkula police under Sections 148 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 436(Mischief by fire or explosive substance) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The court of Sessions Judge Ritu Tagore acquitted all the six accused for lack of evidence in the case. The FIR had been registered on the complaint of a Mohali-based photo journalist who had accused them of snatching his equipment.

According to defence counsel Puja Nagra, the prosecution couldn’t prove the allegations in the court hence leading to their acquittal. However, these six persons are booked in yet another case related to the Panchkula violence, the hearing for which is slated for May 9.

The Panchkula Police have booked around 1100 Dera followers in around 200 cases of rioting and arson during the Panchkula violence which had claimed 36 lives and left 250 others injured.

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