November 24, 2007 12:12:27 am
Kameshwar Yadav, the Hindu activist who had led one of the three “shila-pujan” processions that triggered the Bhagalpur communal riots in 1989, was convicted in a riot case on Friday that was re-opened by the Nitish Kumar Government. The quantum of punishment would be announced on Tuesday.
The court of ADJ-VII Sambhu Nath Mishra held Yadav guilty for the murder of one Mohammad Munna in the Parbatti locality of Bhagalpur in October 1989. The judge held Yadav guilty under Sections 364 (kidnapping), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 149 (unlawful assembling) and fixed November 27 for announcing the quantum of punishment.
This is one of the 27 cases concerning the Bhagalpur riots that have been reopened by the present state Government. All these cases were closed by the police under the previous RJD regime citing lack of evidence. Before reopening them the changed regime had charged the
RJD Government of closing these cases despite sufficient evidence.
In the present case, Mohammad Munna of Parbatti locality in Bhagalpur was killed by a Hindu mob that was led by Kameshwar Yadav. It was the “shila pujan” procession which Yadav was leading and it had triggered the communal riots in which more than 1,000 Muslims were killed. The case was closed in 1995. It was reopened last year by the Nitish Kumar Government. Apart from this, Yadav’s name figures in another riot case.
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