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Attack on nuns: All 17 accused acquitted

Attack on nuns: All 17 accused acquitted

Author: PNS
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: February 1, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/153619/Attack-on-nuns-All-17-accused-acquitted.html

A court in Kozhikode on Saturday acquitted all the 17 accused in the case relating to the attack on a group of Christian charity workers at a colony in Mambazhakkad Meethal, Olavanna in the district in 2004. Fast Track Court judge Dharmarajan acquitted all the accused, all of them RSS-BJP workers, on the basis of the Prosecution's failure to prove the crime.

The attack on the charity workers, including Brother Bernard, a foreigner, and some nuns, had come under attack on September 25, 2004 while they were engaged in charity works at the colony. There were two attacks on them, accusing them of efforts to convert the residents of the colony into Christianity.

Parties from both the UDF and the LDF had held agitations over the alleged delay in arresting the attackers.

The case had gathered a communal colour after different political parties began campaigns over it, and the police had to face a lot of criticism for not nabbingt he attackers. However, the police said that the victims of the attack were not prepared to cooperate with them in the follow-up actions.

By the time the investigations had started, the victims of the attack had got transferred from their base, a monastery at Athanikkal.

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