Madikeri (Karnataka) – The principal District and Session Court has acquitted nine religious fanatics arrested on the charges of murder of Hindu Jagarana Vedike activist Praveen Poojari. The acquitted are Tufail, Nayaz, Afrin, Mohammed Mustafa, Iliyas, Irfan Ahmmed, Mujeeb Rehman, Sharief and Haris.
‘The prosecution had failed to prove the accused guilty of the murder. Hence, all have been acquitted. “The truth has won. All nine were arrested on false charges. The Court’s decision is satisfying’, said the advocate of the accused T H Aboobakar. (If the Police have failed to prove the accused guilty, then the Government should try to challenge it in the higher Court and do justice to the family members of the activist. – Editor)
Praveen was murdered near Guddehosur on 14th August 2016, when he was returning after taking part in a torchlight procession held as a part of Akhand Bharat Sankalp Yatra. Police had arrested the nine individuals.