Kupwara, Oct 9: A local court here on Tuesday convicted a duo for murdering a cop and awarded life term to them.
Principal Sessions Judge Kupwara, Shahzad Azem convicted Shabir Ahmad Bhat of Maratgam Handwara and Mushtaq Malla of Shatgund Maratgam after they were found guilty of murdering a cop, Abdul Gaffar Mir of Maratgam Handwara seven years ago.
After hearing arguments of the counsels representing the State and the accused, the court had on Wednesday last reserved its judgment on the petition which was announced on Tuesday.
The prosecution examined 14 witnesses during the trial and all of them corroborated the contents of the First Information Report.
The prosecution was able to prove the guilt of the accused under Section 302 (murder) of RPC and under section 7/25 of Arms Act, who were accordingly convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by the court with a fine of Rs, 50000 each.
The court directed that Rs 30000 from the fine of each accused be provided to the next of kin of the victim. "In case of default the convict will have to undergo a further imprisonment of six months," the court said in the 86-page judgment.
Emotional scenes were witnessed in the court room, when the judgment was being pronounced. The family members of the victim family hugged each other.
Reacting to the verdict of court, Zainab widow of the victim said "justice has been eventually done to us. We were waiting for the day when the killers would get the lifer".
The constable Abdul Gaffar Mir of Badugh Kralgund Handwara was killed on September 6, 2006. A case under FIR under sections 302 of RPC and 7/25 of Arms Act was registered in Police station Kralgund against the accused.
After concluding investigations, the police had apprehended the accused and chargesheet was presented in sessions court on August, 22, 2008.
The State was defended by senior public prosecutor Ghulam Muhammad Shah.
while the convicts were represented by counsels, Bashir Ahmad Dar and Mir Bashir Ahmad.