TADA court acquits 11 after 25 years
They Were Accused Of Disrupting 1987 Polls
D A RASHID
Srinagar, Dec 27: After 25 years of trial, TADA court Kashmir has acquitted 11 persons accused of ‘disrupting poll process and unleashing terror’ in 1987 Assembly elections.
Court of Additional District Judge (TADA) Kashmir, Muzaffar Iqbal Qureshi acquitted the 11 accused of the charges after the prosecution failed to provide witnesses before the court.
The court said despite reasonable opportunities provided to the prosecution to produce its witnesses, even a single one was not produced before it. The court held, “in the interest of justice, prosecution evidence is closed now and consequently the persons who faced trial are acquitted with honour from the charged offences of TADA Act and RPC.”
Police Station Sheergarhi had registered a case against 20 persons in 1987 for committing offences under sections 3(1)(2) of the TADA Act and under various criminal sections of RPC.
Those who were acquitted by the court include Abdul Hamid Bakshi, Abdul Qayoom Bhat of Gawkadal, Parvaiz Ahmad Dar of Maisuma, Nazir Ahmad Dar of Gawkadal, Istiyaq Ahmad Chinkar of Natipora, Muhammad Shafi Rather of Rajbagh, Zahoor Ahmad Chiloo, Nazir Ahmad Peerzada of Fatehkadal, Farooq Ahmad Gojri of Reshi Mohalla Srinagar and Mushtaq Ahmad of Mahrajbazar.
During the trial of 25 years, JKLF leader Abdul Hamid Sheikh and other two accused Tariq Ahmad Beig of Dalal Mohalla and Mushtaq Ahmad Khan of Saraibal died.
For not attending the proceedings, the court however issued arrest warrants under section 512 of CrPC against the accused Himayun Ahmad Azad of Rajbagh, Zahoor Ahmad Bhat of Nowhatta, Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat of Dalal Mohalla, Mehrajudin Bhat of Nawabazar, Zahoor Ahmad Bhat of Batamaloo and Shabir Ahmad Bhat of Gurubazar.
Police Station Sheergarhi had registered an FIR 178 of 1987 under sections of TADA Act and under various criminal sections of RPC against the accused for allegedly disrupting polling at Convent School Rajbagh in Assembly elections on March 23, 1997.
According to the chargesheet submitted by the police, the accused had picked lathis and swords and unleashed terror at the Convent School where polling for the Assembly elections was going on.
“The accused had tried to set the school building on fire and had torched a jeep and damaged other vehicles,” the chargesheet said.
The chargesheet said that the accused had later proceeded towards Tagore Hall and boarded a Jeep there and tried to kill police personnel and people.
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