Last week, a court acquitted five persons accused of attacking and killing a man in a village in Thane`s Bhiwandi taluka.

Additional sessions judge P M Gupta in his order held that the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against the alleged accused. The copy of the order dated October 3 was made available on Sunday.

The accused were residents of Payegaon village.

“There was no immediate motive for the accused persons to commit the crime,” the court held while acquitting them.

As per the prosecution, the alleged accused had attacked the victim Sadanand Devlikar with iron rods and knives around 7 am on July 9, 2011.

The victim sustained severe injuries and was declared dead at a hospital.

The judge in his order rejected the deposition of the victim`s widow citing that it was not trustworthy.

The judge noted that the crime was reported to the police nearly two hours after it occurred.

The informant and other prosecution witnesses had mobile phones and had contacted each other to pass on information about the incident.

Meanwhile, in another Thane incident, an offence has been registered against two directors and an employee of a private educational institution for allegedly cheating nursing students of Rs 52.21 lakh, police said on Monday.

The MFC police in Kalyan town on Saturday registered a first information report (FIR) under sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 465 (forgery) and other relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code, an official said.

(with inputs from PTI)

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