Srinagar – The District and Sessions Judge, Poonch, has sentenced a Pakistani militant identified as Muhammad Naeem Anwar alias Shahzad alias Asif Safdar alias Abu Muaaz son of Muhammad Akbar Bhat of Lahore to life imprisonment in case under section 302, 307 RPC and 7/25/26/27 Indian Arms Act. He had been arrested in 2003 and was accused of having killed a policeman and injured five others. The case was before the court for about nine years.
According to prosecution, an encounter had taken place in a forest area near Pathan mohalla of Mendhar area on July 11, 2003 in which a policeman, constable Rakesh Kumar, was killed and three policemen, Muzaffar Husain, Muhammad Saif and Swaran Singh, were injured. Two civilians were also injured in the exchange of fire.
After hearing the arguments from both sides, the District and Sessions Judge, Poonch, Kishore Kumar, sentenced the accused to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 20,000. He has been sentenced to five and seven year imprisonment and fines in two other cases as well.
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