Jharkhand High Court acquits Jiten Marandi and others of Chilkari massacre

Jharkhand High Court acquits convicts of Chilkari massacre

Ranchi, Dec 15: Jharkhand High Court today acquitted four main convicts of Chilkari massacre who were awarded the death sentence by a court in Giridih on June 23.

A divison bench, comprising Justice R K Merathia and Justice D N Upadhaya, acquitted Jiten Marandi, Chhatrapati Mandal, Manoj Rajwar and Anil Ram due to lack of evidence.

Earlier on June 23, Additional District and Sessions Judge(First) I D Mishra had ordered that all the four accused be hanged till death for perpetrating the massacre.

The Giridih court had, however, acquitted Hafiz Ahmed, Tutlal Yadav, Kishan Rajwar, Ram Sahay Das, Sitaram Turi and Mangru Kisku for want of evidence.

On October 26, 2007 an armed squad of CPI(Maoists) fired indiscriminately at villagers watching a a cultural programme at Chilkhari village under Deori police station area in Giridih district.

Anup Marandi, son of former chief minister Babu Lal Marandi was among the 20 people killed in the incident. (UNI)