Beer man acquitted in murder case

Reversing the judgment of a trial court, the Bombay High Court on Thursday acquitted Ravindra Kantrole alias 'beer man', the alleged serial killer, in a 2007 murder case.

The division bench of Justices Bilal Nazki and A R Joshi acquitted Kantrole in the last murder case after he had filed an appeal in the High Court. In this case, Kantrole was charged with killing a man sleeping on a pavement on the foot-over bridge near Metro cinema in south Mumbai on January 11, 2007. However, Kantrole's lawyers had argued that the two eye witnesses produced by the prosecution were "bogus".

Kantrole had been charged with three murders but was acquitted in two cases by a sessions court and convicted in one. The acquittal in those two cases was based on the fact that the prosecution had failed to gather enough circumstantial evidence. A total of seven persons all pavement dwellers had been murdered in south Mumbai creating a scare and the media had dubbed the accused as the 'beer man' after a bottle of beer was found near the body of all the victims.

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