Jail terms, fine for three Charas smugglers

Srinagar: Three weeks after finding them guilty of smuggling 31 kilograms of Charas, a local court here has sentenced the trio for varying terms of two to nearly six years.
On January 27, Principal and Sessions Judge Srinagar Mohammad Shafi Khan  had convicted Feroz Ahmad Lone, Mohammad Shakoor Khatana and Mohammad Ayoub Wani for contravening provisions of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
Pronouncing its judgment on jail term, the court sentenced Feroz, a resident of Wazir Bagh here, for a period already undergone by him.
Feroz, who has been sentenced under section 20/28 of NDPS Act, had been in jail right from 22 February 2008 when he was arrested by police at Panthachowk on the  outskirts of Srinagar.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5000 on Feroz and directed his undergoing of simple imprisonment of one month in default.
The court also sentenced two other convicts Mohammad Shakoor of Rajouri and Mohammad Ayoub of Wangipora Sumbal to undergo rigorous imprisonment of two years and imposed Rs 20000 each on them.
“The period already undergone shall be set off from the period of sentence,” the court said, adding, “In default of fine, the (convicts) shall further undergo a simple imprisonment of three months.”
As per prosecution, based on a tip off on 22 February 2008, CIK Kashmir laid a Naka at Pantha Chowk on the outskirts of city to foil a bid to smuggle contraband outside the state.
Subsequently, it intercepted a Tavera vehicle (MH02N-7852), driven by Feroz while another person Mohammad Imran Bhat of Jamia Masjid New Delhi was sitting along with him.
The vehicle was taken to CIK office Batamaloo here and in the meantime on the identification of the duo, two other persons –Wani and Khatana— were also arrested.
Later Khatana in presence of a Magistrate revealed the location were the Charas was hid inside the body of the vehicle.
Meanwhile, the court directed authorities to put to auction the seized vehicle and deposit the sale proceeds in the state treasury.
Besides, the court directed SP CIK and SHO concerned to destroy the contraband seized from the trio’s possession in presence of an Execution Magistrate to be nominated by District Development Commissioner Srinagar.
“Compliance report be submitted to this court within a period of one month,” the court added.
Public Prosecutor, Abdul Aziz Teeli along with his team represented the prosecution in the case.