Srinagar- The National Investigative Agency (NIA) court on Thursday acquitted three Kashmiri youth arrested in connection with a deadly attack on paramilitary CRPF personnel in Bemina area of this capital city eight years ago.
Bashir Ahmad Mir of Uri, presently residing in Shaheed Gunj here, Syed Mukhtar Hussain Shah of Uri and Pradeep Singh, a resident of Check, Kansipora, Baramulla were acquitted by the Special Judge of NIA Srinagar, Manjeet Singh Manhas, after the prosecution failed to bring any evidence against the trio and prove the charges beyond any shadow of a doubt, reports said
However, the court awarded nine year imprisonment to a Pakistani Militant Mohammad Zubair Illahi alias Talha.
The case was related to an attack on CRPF personnel near Police public school, Bemina in 2013 in which five CRPF men were killed and many injured.
Two unidentified militants were also killed in the firefight with the government forces.
According to the reports, the court observed that it has been proved by the prosecution beyond any shadow of a doubt that Talha is a resident of Multan, Pakistan, and has crossed/entered in Indian territory illegally and without any valid documents, as such, is hereby held guilty for the commission of Offence U/s 14-A, (b) Foreigners Act, 1946.
Secondly, it has also not been established before the court that accused no.1, has entered the territory of India, not on any Tourist Visa or to perform any religious obligations. “It has been proved that he had entered/crossed in the territory of Union of India with intention, aim and motive to commit unlawful activities,” the court observed.
The judge held the accused guilty U/s 13-B of UAP Act, 1967 and awarded sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for a period of five (5) years for the commission of offence U/s 14-A, (b) of Foreigners Act, 1946 & a fine of Rs.10, 000.
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