By NUSRAT SIDIQ
SRINAGAR: A subordinate court in Srinagar awarded life imprisonment to two villagers of Pulwama district for murdering a neighbour during a scuffle over a property dispute. Two other accused in the case were set free by the court.
The murder took place in Rakh-e-Lajoora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on August 21, 2010 during a scuffle between two neighbouring families. On the culmination of the trail, the principal district and sessions judge Rashid Ali Dar awarded life imprisonment to Rayees Ahmed Mir and Nazir Ahmed Mir under section 302 read with section 34 RPC and a fine of Rs 25000 each payable to the victim’s family.
The convicts were simultaneously awarded imprisonment for 3 years under section 148 RPC and imprisonment of 3 months under section 447 RPC to run concurrently with the lifer. In case of failure in payment of fine, they would undergo further imprisonment of six months each.
The other two convicts in the case–Parvaiz Ahmed Mir and Ghulam Qadir Mir were set free as they have already spent six and a half years and three years in the jail.
According to the case history, the members of Mir family were quarrelling with their neighbour Mushtaq Kuchay over the construction of a partition wall. During the scuffle Rayees Mir attempted to dismantle the wall and later caught hold of Kuchay who was hit in his head and later died at SKIMS Soura.
The conviction would be submitted before the high court for confirmation even as the convicts have been apprised about their right to appeal before the high court should they desire.
Another accused Zahid Ahmed Mir has already been set free by the court for being a juvenile at the time of commission of the crime. Another accused Kaisar Sultan Bhat is absconding and warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Nisar Ahmad, brother of the deceased welcomed the award of sentence but demanded arrest of the absconding convict Bhat. “My brother will not come back to life but I hope this verdict will act as deterrent against such crimes,” he said.
The case investigated by SHO Pulwama Mushtaq Khan was taken up by senior public prosecutor Syed Maqbool Ahmed Qadri and the defence counsel for the accused MA Pandith during the trial.