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Marad: four juveniles get three years' probation

Staff Reporter

Juvenile Justice Board imposes a fine of Rs.22,500


Community service if they fail to remit penalty

93 witnesses were examined by the board


Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Juvenile Justice Board, on Wednesday, awarded four juveniles in conflict with law (JCL) three years of probation and imposed a fine of Rs.22,500 on them for their involvement in the killing of nine persons at the coastal village of Marad on May 2, 2003.

Pronouncing the verdict , the board, comprising Principal Magistrate S.H. Panchapakesan and members C. Radhakrishnan and K.K. Shini, directed that the “ JCL be released on probation of good conduct and placed them under the care of their parents or guardians on the execution of a bond for Rs.25,000 with two solvent sureties each for the like sum and one of the parents or guardians should sign bond along with the sureties for the good behaviour and well-being of the JCL for a period of three years.”

One of the five JCL charge-sheeted for crimes by the Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CB-CID) in the case had earlier fled to Saudi Arabia after securing a bail. His case is pending.

The verdict said the JCL “shall remain under the supervision of the District Probation Officer, Kozhikode, for a period of three years under Section 15 (3) of the Juvenile Justice Act.” The Probation Officer should report about the activities of the JCL before the Juvenile Justice Board monthly and if they are found to be involved in any criminal activities, they would be “dealt with as per the procedure established by law.” The board also directed that the “JCL should not leave the State of Kerala without the permission of the board for a period of three years.”

If the JCL failed to remit the penalty within three months, they should perform community service by undertaking employment provided by the Beypore grama panchayat under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) without receiving any wages from the civic body. The amount would be mobilised by the grama panchayat for the payment of compensation at Rs.10,000 each to the legal heirs of the nine deceased persons.

The Beypore grama panchayat has been directed to permit them to register their names for the MGNREGS programme for 2010-11 and 2011-2012.

The board had found the JCL guilty under Section 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting armed with weapons), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code.

The JCL were acquitted of all charges under Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act, Section 24 of the Indian Arms Act and Section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and Section 120- B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and Section 3, 4, 9 read with Section 7 of the Religious Institutions ( Prevention of Misuse) Act.

A total of 93 witnesses, all of them prosecution witnesses, 69 documents and five material objects, including a sword, were examined by the board. Special prosecutor P.D. Ravi appeared for the prosecution and K. Aali Koya and Edathodi Radhakrishnan appeared for the JCL.

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