ATC indicts 76 accused of Raja Bazaar mayhem

RAWALPINDI: The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi indicted 76 accused of the Raja Bazaar Incident, all of whom have denied the charges against them. According to reports, the ATC resumed the hearing of the case on Wednesday. The court indicted 76 accused involved in the tragic incident, however all of them denied the charges. Later, the court sought testimonies and adjourned the hearing till May 26. Earlier, in November 2013, an armed clash between two groups took place on the day of Youm-e-Ashur, while the Ashura procession was on its way through the Raja Bazaar. After the armed clash, riots had erupted in the vicinity, and the provoked people set public property on fire, including the Faisal Cloth Market, a mosque, and a religious seminary. As a consequence, 11 people were killed and 56 were injured, and majority of the deceased were reported to be the masses that were present at the mosque to offer the Friday prayers, and students of the seminary. To control the situation, military was called in and a curfew was also imposed in the city. With the Raja Bazaar incident, sectarian violence gripped different parts of the country. Various other incidents of sectarian killings and burning of imambargahs were also witnessed.

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