Palghar, May 31 : Seven accused from Vasai of the district have been acquitted by the district court in a 32-year-old murder case due to insufficient evidence against them.
On June 29, 1987, the victim, Yadav Mhatre (40), was on his way to place of work at Kaman from Sarjamori when the accused allegedly stopped him mid-way and attacked him with sticks, rods and rifles and killed him instantaneously, the court was told.
They were also charged with firing on lawyer Giridhar Mhatre and injuring him.
Appearing for the accused persons, advocate Dighambar Desai submitted in the court that the prosecution could not prove the motive behind the brutal killing and also there were a lot of discrepancies in the case.However, the ballistic report submitted by the CID has disproved the case of firing by the alleged accused, he argued.
After hearing arguments of both the sides, District Judge M P Divate on Thursday gave the benefit of doubt to all the accused and held that the prosecution had miserably failed to prove the charges under sections 302, 307 and 34 of Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and Unlawful Assembly against the accused who need to be acquitted and set free.
The acquitted accused included Mahadev Patil (68), Kisan Patil (66, both sons of Govind Patil), Kanti Dhumal (66), Kisan Harishchandara Patil (70), Baban Patil (67) and Baban Gharat (74).
Another acquitted accused, Atmaram Jadhav (86), who has been suffering from Parkinson's, was brought to the court in an ambulance with medical assistance for the judgement day.There were in all eight accused in the case, of whom one Govind Patil (72) died during pendency of the trial. (UNI)