The Surat District Sessions Court on Thursday sentenced one Hussain Masalawala to life in prison for stabbing a schoolboy to death after riots broke out in the city in 2000. The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 5,000 on him.
However, it acquitted two others accused in the case.
On August 3, 2000, the Bajrang Dal and the VHP had called for a bandh in the state protesting the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir. The victim, Kiran Kakadia (17), a resident of Dhastipura in Surat, studying in IP Mission school, was on his way home with his friend Hasmukh Rathod on a bicycle.
Feeling the tension on the main road, the duo chose a service road to reach their home. On the way, behind SMC head office at Saudagarwad, some angry youths caught hold of Kakadia and stabbed him to death, while Rathod managed to escape from the spot.
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A police team led by Surat city Crime Branch Police Sub-Inspector R H Hadiya rushed to the spot after learning about the incident and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. Police caught Hussain from the spot with a knife having blood stains, while others escaped from the spot.
During investigation, the police had arrested two more suspects — Arif Mandawala and Irfan Masalawala — both residents of Saudagarwad. All three were charged under IPC section of 302.
However, all the three accused were out on bail. After the judgment, the police arrested Hussain on Thursday and sent him to Surat District Central Jail at Lajpore.