Trial into Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar firing case commences

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Mumbai, Oct 18 (UNI) A decade after ten persons were killed in police firing at Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar at Ghatkopar here, trials into the infamous case commenced in the additional sessions court today.

Home department deputy secretary Manohar Gokhale was the first witness to depose before additional sessions judge B D Khatavkar today.

The witness told the court that the Gundewar Commission had concluded there was prima facie case against the accused and, so, the state government had accorded sanction for the prosecution of the accused.

The defence advocate sought time for cross examination, following which the judge granted time and adjourned the matter till November one. Earlier, the Gundewar Commission report was exhibited in the court.

On July 11, 1997, riots had erupted at Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Ghatkopar following defacement of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar's statue.

In order to control the rioting mob, State Reserve Police (SRP) sub-inpector Manohar Kadam had allegedly ordered his men to open fire. Ten persons were killed in the firing.

Kadam was earlier prosecuted under section 304 (II) of the Indian Penal Code for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. However, the families of the victims had demanded that the police officer should be prosecuted under murder charges.

UNI

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