2009 hooch tragedy: Two accused move court against witnesses

The duo claimed that the 31 witnesses in their statements have revealed that they had consumed alcohol,which is a punishable offence.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:October 25, 2013 4:15 am

Two of the accused in the infamous 2009 hooch tragedy (spurious liquor) case have moved an application before a city civil and sessions court,claiming to arraign all witnesses who had testified that they too had consumed liquor during the tragedy.

The applicants have cited the statements of witnesses,who had admitted that they consumed alcohol,which is a punishable offence under Bombay Prohibition Act.

The two accused — Harishankar alias Hario and Dinesh alias Dilo — filed the application before the court,praying for “taking cognizance against witnesses and arraigning them as accused in the case”.

Claiming that the police investigation was biased,the application states that the witnesses were also involved in the tragedy that killed more than 100.

The duo claimed that the 31 witnesses in their statements have revealed that they had consumed alcohol,which is a substantive punitive offence under Prohibition Act. However,the police didn’t take action against the witnesses.

The accused have requested the court to take cognizance against all the witnesses under Section 193 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The court issued a notice to the Gujarat government in this regard. The matter will be heard on October 28.

In all,36 persons have been named as accused in the case that took place in parts of Ahmedabad city in 2009,reportedly claiming more than 100 lives.

The cause for the mishap was country-made liquor that contained methanol.

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