27 anti-Sikh riot(er)s accused acquitted in Bihar 27 anti-Sikh riots accused acquitted in Bihar - dnaindia.com Wednesday, June 2, 2010 17:14 IST Additional district and sessions judge (III) Nand Kishore Sharma while acquitting the accusedearlier this week (May 31) for want of evidences also crticised the police machinery for its failure to produce the four witnesses in court, whose absence led the court to let off the accused. The four witnesses, all police persons, did not turn up on behalf of the prosecution despite repeated reminders issued by the court to the SP office and legal cell department of state's crime department. Court sources said that following the assasination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi, rioters had gone berserk and set on fire a number of shops located on Jhabarmal Gali, Cinema Road on Dehri-on-Sone,GT road in which shops belonging toSardar Buta Singh, Yogendra Singh, Avatar Singh, Gurubachan Singh, Uttam Singh, Sampoorna Singh and others were gutted. The police after arresting 61 anti-socials filed an FIR against them with the Dehri-on-Sone police station on the basis of the statement of the then officer-in-charge K Jha and submitted a charge sheet against them on February 28, 1985. But the accused succeeded in delaying the trial taking advantage of legal technicalities. Later, final charges were framed against 28 accused person on June 30,2006, after 21 years of the riots and the trial began. One accused died during the course of the trial and the court on Monday acquitted the 27 accused for want of evidence. Rohtas superintendent of police Vikas Vaibhav when contacted, told PTI here today that police was looking into the matter and necessary action would be taken against all those responsible for allowing the case to fall through.