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Morbi, Rajkot Bar Associations won’t take accused’s case

GUJARAT: In an unprecedented development, Morbi Bar Association and Rajkot Bar Association have decided not to take the case of any of the accused in the bridge collapse incident and represent them in the court.

As many as 135 people died and bodies recovered from the Machchhu river in Gujarat’s Morbi town after the British-era suspension bridge collapsed on Sunday, with the government ordering a detailed inquiry into the incident.

Senior Advocate A C Prajapati of Morbi Bar Association informed that both Morbi Bar Association & Rajkot Bar Association have decided to not take the case and represent the accused in the court.

“Both the Bar Associations have passed Resolutions in this regard,” he informed.

The police have arrested nine people so far who have been booked under Indian Penal Code section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder).

They include two managers of Oreva Group and two contractors, who have been remanded in four days’ police custody by a local court. Fiver others including two ticket clerks and three security guards have been remanded in judicial custody.

The clock and e-bike maker Oreva group had been given a contract by the Morbi Municipality to repair and operate the ill-fated bridge for 15 years.


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