Maradu Hindu Massacre – Out of 139, 62 Jihadis convicted for Manslaughter

published on December 27, 2008





Kozhikode



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It was the 2nd of May 2003 , under a crescent moon at the Marad beach. The Hindu fishermen, most of whom had just hauled their daily catch and were resting on the beach, never knew what hit them. Three teams of about a hundred armed men climbed out of their fibreglass boats on to the shore. Another batch eased out of a house near the Marad Juma Masjid. Armed with swords and machets, clutching Coke cans filled with gelatin, they rushed in from all directions. Within minutes, the hit team melted away leaving behind the dead and the living dead. The dead -Chandran, Dasan, Gopalan, Krishnan, Madhavan, Prajeesh, Pushparaj, Santhosh, were hacked to death in a choreographed storm of flashing swords and machetes. Some had their private organs torn out.









In one of the most brutal Hindu Massacre happened after 1921 Moppila riots in Kerala, 63 Jihadi Terrorists were convicted out of 139. Other 76 Jihadi terrorists were acquitted based on the benefit of suspicion.



 


Out of those 63 , 62 have been convicted for Man Slaughter and several other serious charges including attempt to create communal riots in the country. There were 148 terrorists in total out of which 5 cases are in Juvenille court. Asgar Ali who got killed by Jihadi swords by mistake in the darkness is also among the list of accused. Two terrorists absconded to Middle East. One terrorist confessed the crime and turned out as the approver.



 


The Police officer who headed the investigation T V Kamalakshan’s name should be specially appreciated as it was this Police officer’s and his teams no nonsense attitude helped the Police to submit the investigation report to court inspite of continued pressure from various Jihadi organisations including IUML.



 


In the process of the case, the court had examined 5,500 pages of depositions by witnesses. Altogether there were 222 witnesses from the prosecution side and seven for the defendants. The court had examined seven witnesses it had found on its own. It had also examined 778 exhibits submitted by the prosecution and 57 exhibits produced by the defense counsels.

 
 

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