A local court here on Thursday held four persons guilty of looting a fruit laden truck in Mir Bazaar area of Anantnag ten years back and sentenced each to seven years' rigorous imprisonment.
The court of chief judicial magistrate Anantnag Muhamad Amin Mir delivered the judgment.
As per the brief facts of the case, the police acting on a complaint lodged way back in October 2008 had booked four persons all residents of Yamrach-Yaripora, Kulgam in case FIR 23/2008 under section 392, 201 RPC.
They were accused of looting a fruit laden truck belonging to one Gul Muhammad and Bashir Ahmad Malik, while it was on way to Jammu from Shangus, near Mir Bazar Anantnag.
The stolen goods comprised 72 bags of walnut, 215 apple boxes and six more packets of walnuts. The overall value of the material was estimated at Rs 8 lakh.
"On careful appreciation of evidence and on proper analysis of prosecution evidence, the participation of the accused in the incident has been proved beyond reasonable doubt," the court observed.
The court awarded seven-year rigorous imprisonment to each accused in one offence and three-year imprisonment in another offence, besides fine. The sentence shall run concurrently.
Earlier, the prosecution represented by senior prosecuting officer Gulzar Ahmad Bhat maintained that the occurrence was duly established by the testimonies of the witnesses.
While seeking the conviction of the accused, he stated that the evidence was "very much qualitative and not only quantitative."
The counsel for the accused persons however submitted that the prosecution case "is full of lacunas and that they have been framed in a false case."