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ATC indicts 76 accused of Raja Bazar Incident

RAWALPINDI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi indicted 76 accused of the Raja Bazar Incident, yet all of them denied the charges against them – ARY News reports.

According to details, 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 against them.

At this, the ATC sought testimonies and adjourned the hearing till May 26.

Earlier in November, 2013, an armed clash between two groups had taken place on the day of Youm e Ashur, while the ashura procession was on its way through Raja Bazar.

After the armed clash, riots had erupted in the vicinity and provoked people set on fire public property including Faisal Cloth Market, a mosque and a religious seminary.  

As a consequence, 11 people were killed and 56 were injured, majority of the deceased were reported to be the masses that were present at the mosque to offer 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 Bazar Incident, sectarian violence gripped different parts of the country and various other incidents of sectarian killings and burning of imambargahs were also witnessed.

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