Police ask court to invoke murder charges in Malwani hooch tragedy
Crime Branch has asked the court for permission to add charges of murder and attempt to murder in the case; the incident had taken place on June 18
The Mumbai’s Police Crime Branch moved an application yesterday to invoke charges of murder and attempt to murder charges in the Malwani hooch tragedy, in which 106 people had lost their lives.
A file pic of some of the accused being taken to court
DCP (detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni said that the application has been moved before the 37th Metropolitan Magistrate seeking permission to add sections 302 (murder) and Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code. The police have taken legal opinion in the case from the state law and judiciary department, the police official said.
The police official said that there are two reasons to apply these stringent sections: The evidence claims that the accused were aware of the poisonous content in the liquor before selling it and the cops want to send a strong message to those indulging in such trade.
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After reports emerged of the people dying after consuming the liquor on June 18, the Crime Branch had taken over the case. It has arrested nine people so far, including two women and a Vapi-based chemical trader called Kishore Patel.
Initially, the police had applied Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison), 114 (abetment) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code, in the case.
The number of people who lost their lives in the tragedy