SRINAGAR: A court in Srinagar acquitted eight juveniles in three separate cases after prosecution failed to produce concrete evidence against the boys alleged to have been involved in stone pelting cases.
The acquitted juveniles included two from Tankipora and Shamaswari Kalashpora areas of Srinagar who were arrested on charges of pelting stones on 28 CRPF on February 26 at Rajouri Kadal. They were booked again for pelting stones on March 13 at Nowhatta. The duo was acquitted after the prosecution failed to produce concrete evidence. “The court is convinced that the juveniles are innocent and are thus acquitted,” an order of the chief judicial magistrate said.
In other case three juveniles were acquitted in a trial that also included their escape from the juvenile home on August 8, 2012.
The juveniles belonging to Khankah-e-Moalla, Namchabal, Fateh Kadal and Mir Wali Dehli presently Mehjoor Nagar were re-arrested after they had escaped by breaking window of the home’s dining hall.
The court remarked that under section 23 of the juvenile justice and child protection Act , no juvenile in whatever circumstances can be held under section 224 RPC (intentionally escaping from custody).
In a separate case, two juveniles from Noorbagh and Shalteng, who had also escaped from juvenile home Harwan during the midnight of November 4 and 5 November, 2013.
Another juvenile was acquitted in motor vehicle accident case after the prosecution produced weak evidences. The lone witness in the case deposed before the court that he has not seen the juvenile at the time of occurrence of the accident.