Ex-Militant Gets Life Term For Shopian Murder

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A former militant was on Monday sentenced to life imprisonment and another to five years in jail in a case of abduction and murder in Shopian seven years ago.

One of the convicts is already in the Central Jail under the PSA while the other was re-arrested recently after having been released on bail.

The district and sessions judge in Shopian, Shuja’at Ali Khan sentenced Muhammad Ishaq Pal to life in jail under section 302 of the RPC, while Tariq Ahmad Sheikh got 5 years’ rigorous imprisonment.

Both have been fined Rs 10,000 each, on pain of spending another six months in jail in case of failure to pay.

Half of the fine will go to the victim’s family, the judge said.

The duo had been accused in the murder of a 23-year-old youth in Manihal Shopian in September 11, 2005.

The victim, Nazir Ahmad Kumar, had been abducted by gunmen from his home, and his body was found in the Harmain area of the district the next day.

According to the public prosecutor, Kumar’s kin had said that gunman Tariq Sheikh had entered his home on the night of September 11 and asked him to step out.

“There were several gunmen waiting outside, and two of them did not wear masks,” the prosecutor quoted Kumar’s family as saying.

The family had identified the two unmasked gunmen as Muhammad Ishaq Pal and Muzzammil Ahmad, he said.

Sheikh and Pal were later arrested, while Muzzammil was killed in an encounter with the forces.

Sheikh had been released on bail on September 16, 2007, while Pal was in the Kathua Jail under the PSA, but had recently been shifted to Srinagar, the public prosecutor said. Observer News Service

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