A mumbai sessions court on Friday rejected bail applications of five persons who were arrested in connection with the Azad Maidan riots.
While rejecting their applications,Justice R V Jatale noted that two innocent persons died in the incident and that there was also loss caused to property. The judge also termed the case a “sensitive” one and noted that investigations are needed.
The five who applied for bail — Imran Sheikh,Amin Chaudhry,Omar Ansari,Ansar Qureshi and Afzal Sheikh — were among the first group of 23 persons arrested by the police after the incident.
On August 11,two persons died and about 54,including 45 policemen,were injured after a protest organised to condemn the Assam riots turned violent at Azad Maidan. Several police vans and media OB vans were also damaged in the incident.
Advocate Sharif Shaikh,who represented the arrested persons,contended before the court that there was no evidence to connect them with the violence. He also claimed that CCTV footage had also not led to anything conclusive against the five accused. However,the judge did not accept these arguments.
Speaking to Newsline,advocate Shaikh said he would approach the High Court soon against the decision of the sessions court.