Srinagar: A trial court here Tuesday acquitted senior Hurriyat leader and chairman of the Jammu Kashmir Muslim League Masarat Alam Bhat of charges of leading a mob attack on Badmawari park in 2008.
According to the prosecution Alam led a mob armed with sticks and stones, from Hawal to Badamwari park on June 26, 2008, where it set a hut on fire and damaged some lights and ticket counter.
Acquitting Alam of the charges, the 4th Additional Sessions Judge Srinagar, said the prosecution failed to build its case, as none of the prosecution witness deposed in favour of the prosecution.
“None of the prosecution witness have deposed before the court directly or indirectly that accused was present on the spot in the procession and that he was leading the unruly procession,” the court said.
According to the prosecution a mob of around 500 persons led by Alam, raising slogans, resorted to stone pelting and damage to the Bamadwari park.
An FIR no 42/2008 was registered under sections 148, 149, 336, 436 437-A in Rainawari police station. After culmination of the investigation the challan was present only against Alam, as no one else from the procession was identified.
However, none of the witnesses produced by the prosecution, including police personnel corroborated the presence of Alam at the spot.
Disposing of the case, the court acquitted Alam of all the charge leveled against him and discharged him “from his bail as well as personal bond”.