CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Tuesday granted conditional bail to 118 people arrested in connection with the recent Ambur violence triggered by the alleged custodial death of Shameel Ahamed.
The 26-year-old, who was allegedly kept in illegal detention and beaten up by the Pallikonda police, later died at the RGGG Hospital in Chennai. Ahmed’s death triggered violence in Ambur in which 38 police personnel, including women, were injured.
Following the incident, 118 people were arrested for their alleged involvement in the violence and remanded to judicial custody.
All the 118 moved the Madras High Court for bail, which came up for hearing on Tuesday. Admitting the petitions, Justice R Subbiah said, “Taking note of the fact that the accused persons were in prison for more than 20 days, I am of the opinion that bail could be granted to them by imposing stringent conditions.”
The judge directed their release on the condition that each person shall execute a bond of Rs 10,000 with one surety for the like sum amount. Further, the accused were directed to stay in Krishnagiri district and report before the Town Police twice a day for two weeks.