Hyderpora murder case: Court sentences man to life imprisonment

MUDASIR YAQOOB
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 23 2017 12:29AM | Updated Date: Nov 23 2017 12:29AM
Hyderpora murder case: Court sentences man to life imprisonment

A local court here on Wednesday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing a woman in 2008 and also directed him to pay three lakh rupees as compensation to the victim’s family. 

The court pronounced the order after hearing arguments of special prosecutor advocate AA Teli and defence counsel advocate Tassaduq on the quantum of punishment. 

The principal district and sessions judge Srinagar, Rashid Ali Dar had on 20th November convicted Irfan Bhat of Fateh Kadal for killing the woman after prosecution proved the accused guilty. 

“The convict is sentenced to life imprisonment under section 302 RPC and is also directed to pay three lakh rupees as compensation to the victim’s family,” the court said.  

Earlier, special prosecutor advocate AA Teli pleaded for capital punishment to the convict even as defence counsel urged for lesser punishment saying the convict was caretaker of his old parents. 

Special prosecutor advocate AA Teli, submitted before the court that offence committed by the convict is “heinous and grave.”

“The deceased was an educated woman. The act of convict was deliberate as he attacked her with intention to kill,” Teli submitted before the court while arguing on the quantum of punishment.

 “Punishment to the convict should be a message to society so that it would act as deterrent for others. The convict may be awarded capital punishment under the provisions of 302 RPC (Murder). The victim’s family may also be compensated as they have suffered an irreparable loss,” advocate Teli pleaded.

Defence counsel advocate Tassaduq pleaded for lesser punishment for his client, submitting “he is a caretaker of his old parents.” 

Police investigation has revealed that on the fateful day on 8 July, 2008, the woman, a teacher was on way to school to perform her duties. “The accused stopped the deceased and stabled her with sharp edged weapon with intention to kill her outside her home at Hyderpora. The accused had also tried to slit her throat. The deceased was taken to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries,” police said. The police had registered a case FIR 344/2008 in police station Budgam.