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Vikhroli illicit liquor tragedy 2004 Case Judgement

Vikhroli illicit liquor tragedy 2004 Case Judgement

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Published by Sampath Bulusu
In December 2004 40-year-old Dabama Durnal’s husband Malayar, an employee at a Godrej firm, had gone to a local bar in Vikhroli, with 25 friends. He, along with 86 others, died after consuming the illicit liquor that was being served there. Another 192 people fell ill.

The Fast Track Court, Sewree, Mumbai pronounced the judgment in the seven-year-old case, sentencing four of the 19 accused to life imprisonment with a fine of Rs 24,000 each. While the remaining have got two year’s rigorous imprisonment and have been asked to pay a fine of Rs 2,000 each.

More than 250 people were hospitalised after Chaya bar in Vikhroli (E) served country liquor mixed with methnol - an industrial chemical used as an antifreeze, solvent, fuel - to its patrons.

The four who have been sentenced to life are: Bhara Mathare, Pandit Kalane, Pradeep D'Mello and Vishnu Mathare. They have been found guilty of conspiring to dupe people the crime and making and selling illicit liquor under sections 304(a), 328, 324, 72, 73 and section 64 of the Bombay Police Act.

Most of the others have already spent around seven years in jail. They were convicted under 65 (d) and (e) of the Bombay Police Act for supplying spurious liquor.

In court they pleaded innocence claiming that they were only doing what the four accused had ordered them and were not aware that they were mixing methanol in the liquor.

Special public prosecutor Vaibhav Bagade had argued in court that the quantum of punishment should be higher as this incident is not pardonable. Over 50 police officers were earlier also suspended in the case as prior to the Vikhroli case, there was a similar case in Mahalaxmi and police were on a campaign to prevent such tragedies.

The court had at that time ruled that it could not be possible that police were not aware that such a bar was operational in their area. On Thursday, Ad-hoc Additional Sessions Judge WK Kanbarkar also observed that mere suspension of the police will not serve any purpose and that such cops should also undergo trial. The trial which began in April 2006 saw nine judges and 141 witnesses.
In December 2004 40-year-old Dabama Durnal’s husband Malayar, an employee at a Godrej firm, had gone to a local bar in Vikhroli, with 25 friends. He, along with 86 others, died after consuming the illicit liquor that was being served there. Another 192 people fell ill.

The Fast Track Court, Sewree, Mumbai pronounced the judgment in the seven-year-old case, sentencing four of the 19 accused to life imprisonment with a fine of Rs 24,000 each. While the remaining have got two year’s rigorous imprisonment and have been asked to pay a fine of Rs 2,000 each.

More than 250 people were hospitalised after Chaya bar in Vikhroli (E) served country liquor mixed with methnol - an industrial chemical used as an antifreeze, solvent, fuel - to its patrons.

The four who have been sentenced to life are: Bhara Mathare, Pandit Kalane, Pradeep D'Mello and Vishnu Mathare. They have been found guilty of conspiring to dupe people the crime and making and selling illicit liquor under sections 304(a), 328, 324, 72, 73 and section 64 of the Bombay Police Act.

Most of the others have already spent around seven years in jail. They were convicted under 65 (d) and (e) of the Bombay Police Act for supplying spurious liquor.

In court they pleaded innocence claiming that they were only doing what the four accused had ordered them and were not aware that they were mixing methanol in the liquor.

Special public prosecutor Vaibhav Bagade had argued in court that the quantum of punishment should be higher as this incident is not pardonable. Over 50 police officers were earlier also suspended in the case as prior to the Vikhroli case, there was a similar case in Mahalaxmi and police were on a campaign to prevent such tragedies.

The court had at that time ruled that it could not be possible that police were not aware that such a bar was operational in their area. On Thursday, Ad-hoc Additional Sessions Judge WK Kanbarkar also observed that mere suspension of the police will not serve any purpose and that such cops should also undergo trial. The trial which began in April 2006 saw nine judges and 141 witnesses.

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Exh-1522(J)S.C.395/05 @ 440/07
IN THE COURT OF SESSIONS (FAST TRACK) FOR GREATER BOMBAY
AT SEWREE
SESSIONS CASE NO.395 OF 2005ALONGWITH SESSIONS CASE NO.440 OF 2007
In C.C.No.145/P/2005
THE STATE OF MAHARASHTRA
(At the instance of
Vikhroli P.Stn.
vide
C.R.No.249/04
and
DCB-CID, Unit-VII
vide
C.R.No.152/04)...ComplainantVERESES
1. Balaram Sukrya Mhatre
Aged- 49 Yrs.R/o.Padle village, Mothi Desai,Shelpada Road, Tal.Kalyan,Dist.Thane.
2. Pandit Shankar Kalan
Aged- 38 Yrs.R/o.B/9, Kisan Apartment,Rambaug Lane No.4, Kalyan(w),Thane.
3. Pradeep Oliver D'melo
Aged- 27 Yrs.R/o.At/P.Anjur, Tal.Bhiwandi,Dist.Thane.
4. Vishnu Aambo Mhatre
Aged- 43 Yrs.R/o.At-Wadavali (Khurd),Post-Nirje, Tal.Kalyan, Dist.Thane.
...1
 
Exh-1522(J)S.C.395/05 @ 440/07
5. Ramesh Dnyaneshwar Pokharkar
Aged- 42 Yrs.R/o.14, Saidham Sangh,Janta Colony, Laxmi Nagar,Ghatkopar(E), Mumbai- 75.
6. Sanjay Dnyaneshwar Kolekar
Aged- 31 Yrs.R/o.Laxmi Nagar, Lane No.7, Near Canara Bank,Pant Nagar, Ghatkopar(E), Mumbai-75.
7. Laxmi @ Velee Selvam Narayan Shettiyar
Aged- 50 Yrs.R/o.L.P.Phansekar Chawl No.3,R.No.2, Vikhroli(E), Mumbai-83.
8. Vadivel Narayan Shettiyar
Aged- 29 Yrs.R/o.L.P.Phansekar Chawl No.3,R.No.2, Vikhroli(E), Mumbai-83.
9. Ayappa Narayan Shettiyar
Aged- 35 Yrs.R/o.L.P.Phansekar Chawl No.3,R.No.2, Vikhroli(E), Mumbai-83.
10. Chitra Murgesh Shettiyar
Aged- 30 Yrs.R/o.L.P.Phansekar Chawl No.3,R.No.2, Vikhroli(E), Mumbai-83.
11. Asha @ Saroj Babu Kamble
Aged- 45 Yrs.R/o.Subhash Nagar, Mhada Colony,Nahur, Mumbai.
12. Sunil Somaji Khandare
Aged- 36 Yrs.R/o.Milind Nagar, Goandevi, Bhandup.
...2
 
Exh-1522(J)S.C.395/05 @ 440/07
13. Seema Vasant Shetty
Aged- 35 Yrs.R/o.Ganesh Nagar, Diva,Dist.Thane.
14. Anand Pandurang Shinde
Aged- 53 Yrs.R/o.Tagore Nagar, Group No.3,Chawl No.304, R.No.3812,Vikhroli(E), Mumbai-83.
15. Nagamma Rama Shetty @ Kani Aunty
Aged- 50 Yrs.R/o.Shetty Chawl, Near Vikhroli police station,Vikhroli, Mumbai-83.
16. Radha Suresh Shetty
Aged- 70 Yrs.R/o.Tagor Nagar No.1, Ashok Nagar Hutment,In front of Don Bosco school,Vikhroli(E), Mumbai-83.
17. Kharva Sunkappa Pagadat @ Makadwali Akka
Aged- 60 Yrs.R/o.Tagore Nagar, Group No.3,Vikhroli, Mumbai-83.
18. Maya Ibrahim Khan @ Jalki
Aged- 62 Yrs.R/o.Mhada Bldg., Subhash Nagar,Nahur village, Nahur, Mumbai.
19. Babu Ramappa Kamble
Aged- 48 Yrs.R/o.Mhada Colony, Subhash Nagar,
Nahur(w), Mumbai- 400 078.
...Accused
...3

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