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    Babri demolition verdict: Accused not named in depositions, top officials say could not hear speeches, cite noise and dust

    Written by Kaunain Sheriff M
    | Delhi |

    Updated: October 2, 2020 10:37:16 am

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    Two officials said leaders gave provocative speeches. (File)

    * Heard slogans of “Babri Masjid tod do”, but cannot prove who raised the slogans.

    * Could not hear the speeches given by the political leaders (who sat 800 metres away).

    * There was noise and dust, could not hear anything.

    These are some of the depositions made by police officers, local intelligence officials and the listed as key witnesses by the to prove a conspiracy angle in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Few named any of the high-profile accused, while two officials testified about provocative speeches given by BJP leaders, including Uma Bharti. On Wednesday, all 32 were acquitted by a Special CBI Court.

    The CRPF was in-charge of security arrangements at the mosque.

    CBI special judge S K Yadav rejected the testimony of the officials naming BJP leaders, saying there were contradictions in their statements. “PW (prosecution witness) 57 (Farooque Ahmed, Police officer) also for the first in the court testified that Acharya Dharmendra Dev, Sadhvi Ritambhara, and Uma Bharti gave the provocative speech. PW 58 (Jagveer Singh, CRPF Constable) & PW 57 have not identified the accused and those who were identified, it is for the first…

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