CJM acquits two juveniles accused of stone pelting

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Srinagar: A trial court in Srinagar acquitted two juveniles from charges of stone pelting and allied offences after prosecution failed to prove charges against them.
The charges under section 148,149,336,353 RPC under FIR no.39/2015 were lodged against two juveniles of Mehjoor Nagar at police station Maisuma on 12 October 2015. The juveniles were arrested after clashes took place between protestors and security forces at Gawkadal Bridge on 10 October at around 5 pm.
The challan against the juveniles was produced before the court on 29 December, 2015 and accordingly a trial was initiated against the accused.
The state counsel stated before court that on 10 October 2015 clashes erupted between security forces and protestors and an FIR no.39/2015 was lodged at PS Maisuma. During investigation, it came to fore that boys from Mehjoor Nagar, Bemina and Kaki Sarie were involved in the stone pelting and accordingly the boys were identified and were brought before court for trial of the commission of the offences.
The counsel appearing for the juveniles stated before court that prosecution has miserably failed to prove the charges as there is no proper evidence on record which can point out that the said juveniles in conflict with law were involved in the commission of the offences. The counsel further stressed that the witnesses produced by prosecution donot substantiate the story with proper facts. Even they don’t know names of the juveniles or their residence. No identification parade has taken place.
Hearing both the counsels, the Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar, Aijaz Ahmed Khan acquitted the juveniles and observed that there are lot of loop holes in prosecution story and has failed to bring home the guilt of the juveniles in conflict with law.
“Thus Juveniles are acquitted from all the charges levelled against them. Bail bond shall stand cancelled and surety relieved,” the court said.