Two Shiv Sena activists convicted in '92 riots case

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Mumbai, Jun 30 (UNI) A local court today sentenced two Shiv Sena activists to rigorous imprisonment for one year and imposed a fine of Rs 250 each for their involvement in the 1992-93 riots here.

Magistrate S S Sharma held Ashok Patel and Madhukar Raut guilty under the Unlawful Assembly Act and various other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) despite witnesses turned hostile.

The Magistrate took into account the testimony of the police officers, while handing down the sentence.

According to the prosecution, in January 1993 during a cultural programme at N L School at Malad in North West Mumbai where then cultural minister Javed Khan was the chief guest, a mob of 16 people shouted slogans and pelted stones. The mob was led by Patel.

The court, however, acquitted 14 others for lack of eveidence.

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