Murder of Hindu Leader – Lifer only to two Jihadi’s, Rest all escapes

published on August 6, 2008

Hindu activist murder: 2 get life

MADURAI: Two persons were given life sentence and four persons were acquitted by the Madurai District Court here on Monday in a case related to the murder of Hindu Makkal Katchi functionary A R Kalidass.

Kalidass of Sellur was the state vice president of Hindu Makkal Katchi. He was murdered on June 21, 2005 when he was riding a bicycle in Ismailpuram here.

Teppakulam police had registered a case against Mannar Maideen (30), Ibrahim Shah (25), Muhammed Anish (25), Maideen Peer (26), Hakkim alias Karuvaayan (29), Sheikh Allaudin (29) and Bilal Mallick. The case was heard in the Fast Track Court I. Since Billal Mallick was a minor, he was lodged in the juvenile home and the case was heard separately.

Thirtyfive witnesses, including Kalidass’ son Balachander, were examined. Twentysix certified documents and 33 certified materials were produced before the court. Meanwhile, Muhamed Anish had obtained bail and the others were lodged in the Madurai jail.

All of them were produced before the court today. When asked whether they had anything to say to the court, all of them said that they were not connected with the murder of Kalidass in any way and requested minimum sentence to be awarded to them.

 Judge Jacob Jayakumar pronounced the sentence saying that since the accused, Ibrahim Shah, and Muhamed Anish had too much of attachment to their religion, they had developed hatred towards Kalidass which resulted in the murder. Hence, these two were given life sentence and a fine of Rs 5,000.Mannar Maideen, Maideen Peer, Hakkim alias Karuvayan, Sheikh Allaudin were acquitted since the allegation was not proved beyond doubt.

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