Kashmiri Youth Sentenced to Death By Bengal Court

Srinagar: A resident of Kulgam district in Southern part of Kashmir is among the three alleged militants sentenced to death by a West Bengal court.

A local court in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal on last Saturday sentenced three suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including two Pakistani nationals, and Muzaffar Ahmad Rather to death for “carrying ammunition and trying to cross over illegally into India”.

The news has left the family of Muzaffar, living in ‘abject poverty, shell-shocked’.

Muzaffar was only a minor aged 13 and a student of 8th class when he went missing from his home in 2002.

“We filed a missing report with police but could not trace him. It was only in 2007 that we came to know through media that he had crossed over to Pakistan and had been arrested while returning via Bangladesh border,” Abdul Majid, the father of Muzaffar said. Majid is a labourer by profession.

After several moths, the family was finally allowed to meet him in a jail in West Bengal.

Majid’s younger son, Riyaz Ahmad, is now working as teacher in a private school to support his father.

The family, with limited financial resources and living in a modest house, said all these years they struggled to manage travel and legal expenses to meet their son.

Security agencies had alleged that the trio had a plan to attack army camps in Jammu and Kashmir, but were caught by BSF and handed over to Bangaon police station in West Bengal.

The news of death sentence to Muzaffar Rather triggered protests in his native village. People came out and shouted pro-freedom slogans. Minor clashes were also reported in the area, reports said.

Will provide ‘legal aid’ to Muzaffar: Rasheed in assembly, ‘Says judgment murder of justice

Meanwhile Incumbent Langate lawmaker has termed the judgement of a court in West Bengal in which it sentenced three youth including two Pakistani nationals and a Kashmiri, Muzaffar Ahmad Rather, to death as “murder of justice”.

Reacting sharply Rasheed Monday in the state legislature said that the “Judgement is murder of justice” and reiterated, “We will not allow any innocent to become Afzal Guru to prevent people of J&K from speaking for Right to Self-determination.”

Rasheed speaking in the house expressed dismay and displeasure over pronouncing of death sentence to “Muzaffar Ahmad”.

He said, “It happens only in India that a person is convicted to death sentence only for having spoken something that ‘security agencies’ seem to deem as an act of sedition.”

The firebrand lawmaker said, “It is obvious that there are two sets of laws for Kashmiris and the Indians and there is absolute lawlessness when it comes to Kashmir.”

However, he added that he will provide all legal aid to Muzaffar who has been a victim of “conspiracy” and will raise the voice wherever required.

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