Kerala Court awards Double Life Sentence to the 2 Accused in Marad Riots of 2003

Nishka Srinivas Veluvali –

Published on: November 24, 2021 at 18:45 IST

The Special Court in Kozhikode indicted the two Accused in the Marad riots case of 2003 with double life sentence on Tuesday.

The two Accused were found Guilty by the Special Court Judge K S Ambika on 20 November and the decree of punishment announced to them was on Tuesday, 23 November 2021.

Both the Accused with names Koyaman alias Hyderkutty and M Nizamuddin, were absconding after stabbing 8 people in Marad riots in 2003. Later on, both the Accused were arrested in 2011 by the Police. 

Koyaman was accused under Explosives Act and for spreading hatred among different religious groups whereas Nizamuddhin was found guilty for murder and riot. He was also accused of conspiracy.

Nine people were killed in the mob attack at Marad. The massacre was the continuation to the Marad riot that took place in January 2002. The 2002 riots started with the murder of Kunjikoya near Marad Juma Masjid in which 5 people were killed.

89 people out of 148 Accused which includes nine juveniles, have been sentenced to life so far.

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