Lo­cal court ac­quits three in 2008 mur­der case

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE -

THANE: A lo­cal court has ac­quit­ted three per­sons in a 2008 mur­der case, say­ing the test iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pa­rade done by an ex­ec­u­tive mag­is­trate is “not free from doubt” and can­not be re­lied upon to hold them guilty.

District judge AS Bhais­are, in his judg­ment pro­nounced re­cently, ac­quit­ted the three ac­cused — Ra­jku­mar Patil (38), Vikas Aal­dar (27) and Yo­gesh Mha­tre (28) — all res­i­dents of Kharghar in Navi Mum­bai.

Ad­di­tional Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tor (APP) Dileep Bahi­ram told the court that Raju alias Rizwan, 35, was trav­el­ling to Pan­vel in a taxi along with his two friends on July 18, 2008.

“Near the Vashi toll naka, a white car tried to over­take the taxi but could not as the taxi driver raced ahead. Later, the car man­aged to tra­verse ahead of the taxi and in­ter­cepted it. Four people got out of the car and started abus­ing Raju and also man­han­dled him,” the APP said.

Raju re­tal­i­ated, fol­low­ing which the ac­cused at­tacked him with sharp weapons. He died dur­ing treat­ment, the court was told.

In his judg­ment, the judge ob­served that iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pa­rade car­ried out by the ex­ec­u­tive mag­is­trate at the Thane cen­tral jail was am­bigu­ous.

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