Court of Bijnor district has granted bail to 48 people accused of rioting and attempted murder by the Uttar Pradesh Police during the violent December protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA.
On Wednesday, while hearing the bail applications of 48 of the 83 accused, the judge made some sarcastic observations against the police investigation so far. In the order, the judge said: “The police FIR says the mob fired at the cops, but no evidence has been presented in court to show any recovery of weapons. The lawyers of government have failed to produce any evidence in court that shows that any one part of the mob fired at the police. No proof has been presented that any private vehicles or shops were vandalized, the judge said. Government counsels said that 13 policemen sustained injuries in the incident, but medical reports of all these people suggest these injuries are very minor in nature,” the judge observed
A total of 83 people were arrested after the clashes. In their First Information Report (FIR), the police said a mob of thousands gathered after Friday prayers, destroyed private vehicles and shops without provocation, broke government vehicles, threw stones at the police trying to control the situation and even fired at the police. After 20 days of the violence took place, police report about damage to one government vehicle has been presented.
Violence at Large-scale had broken out in Uttar Pradesh in December after protests against the citizenship law turned violent at many places. Ahmed Jakawat, a lawyer for some of the accused in Bijnor, told reporters: “The court had called for counter reports but the prosecution could not show any evidence. No evidence was presented for the mob fired. They said vehicles were smashed, but could not produce any number of plates of these vehicles. The prosecution has failed to prove there as any such incident.”