Mumbai: Three of the 51 people arrested for rioting on August 11 have been released. Abbas Ujjainwala, Aslam Ahmed Shaikh and Anees Saleem Daware were booked for murder and attempt to murder. During investigation, the police did not find evidence against them. So, they filed a discharge application under section 169 of the CrPC before the Esplanade court, which passed its order on Saturday.
Sources said that on August 11, Daware, a first year junior college student and a worker at a garage, had merely gone to collect his friend’s motorcycle at Azad Maidan and had left before rioting began. His family produced CCTV footage showing he was present at the garage in the duration of the riot. As for Shaikh, he was home in Dadar when the riots took place. The police said more of those arrested would be released if found innocent.
Meanwhile, Tardeo resident Mehtab Shaikh, who is seen rioting in a YouTube video, has been detained. The police is verifying if he was involved in the Martyr’s Memorial desecration.
The Times of India, August 28, 2012