Thane, Mar 19 : A total of 14 people, whose trial was going on under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) of 1999 in the 2012 Thane shootout case, have been set free, reports said here on Thursday. In his submission before the Special MCOCA Court on Wednesday, the prosecution said the accused had a previous enmity with victim Rajesh Ghatge.
On the night of July 13, 2012, the accused fired at Ghatge, while he was talking to a shop owner in Parsi Wadi here. In another assault, the accused dealt a blow to the victim with a chopper and badly injured him. The accused, including a cable operator, an octroi agent, drivers and transport agents, were booked under relevant Sections of IPC, the Bombay Police Act and the MCOCA. Contesting the case, the Defence lawyers pointed out glaring flaws in the sensational incident.
Rahul alias Pappu Salve (21), a driver and the fifteenth accused, died during the pendency of the trial. After hearing the arguments, Judge S S Bahalkar held that the prosecution has miserably failed to prove all the charges against the accused. Hence, they need to be acquitted, given the benefit of doubts. (UNI)