Aaquib Chhipa, Ahmedabad: The Ahmedabad court has granted anticipatory bail to two accused in a stone-pelting incident against the police during COVID-19 lockdown on April 1, 2020.
The stone-pelting happened during routine police patrolling in Gomtipur.
The court while granting anticipatory bail to the two accused – Ejaz Ansari (47) and Azharrudin Ansari ( 31) observed that both the accused are not named in the FIR.
Also, the other co-accused involved in the offence was granted bail by the same court. No custodial interrogation was required and the presence of the applicants can be secured by imposing certain conditions, hence the bail application was allowed in their favour.
What accused argued before court
The advocate representing the accused argued before the court that no direct or indirect role was attributed against both the applicants. No prima facie case was made out against them. The applicants are required to be released on the ground of parity, the counsel argued.
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Both the accused are residents of Ahmedabad and hence can be available for investigation whenever required. They should be granted anticipatory bail based on certain conditions, the counsel told the court.
The assistant public prosecutor submitted that if the accused are granted anticipatory bail then they may get involved in a similar offence in the future. The investigation in the case is still on and the two are accused of flouting lockdown notifications and indulging in stone-pelting at police personnel. Hence their anticipatory bail plea should be rejected, he told the court.
During the COVID lockdown in April 2020, when police personnel was patrolling the streets they asked the two accused to return to their home. The two along with others then allegedly began to pelt stones at the cops near Kasai ni Chali and Pujari ni Chali in Gomtipur. Several policemen were injured in the confrontation. After which a complaint was filed against several people.
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