Police file charge sheet against Nowsehra acid attackers

Srinagar: The J&K Police filed a charge sheet before a local court on Friday against two youth in connection with the acid attack on a law student at Nowshera here last year.
The duo, Irshad Ahmad Wani alias Sunny and Mohammad Omar, has been charged under Section 326B (Voluntarily throwing acid) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the RPC, Chief Prosecuting Officer, Khalid Muzaffar, told Kashmir Reader.
Under Section 326B, an accused if convicted can be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than five years but which may extend to seven years. The accused shall also be liable to pay compensation adequate to meet at least the medical expenses incurred by the victim.
It could not immediately be ascertained as to why the accused were not charged with section 326A which provides for rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than ten years but which may extend to life besides the compensation as provided under section 326B.
A 22-year-old law student was grievously injured in the attack near Nowshehra on the outskirts of this summer capital city on December 11 last year. A fortnight after the attack, police arrested the duo for their alleged involvement in the incident.
In February last year, Principal Sessions Judge Srinagar awarded 10-year rigorous imprisonment to a convict— Riyaz Ahmad Nath of Maisuma Colony, Chanapora — and slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on him under section 307 (attempt to murder) for throwing acid on a 30-year-old woman, a schoolteacher, at Parraypora locality here on January 2, 2013.
Sections 326 A and section 326B were not inserted in Jammu and Kashmir State Ranbir Penal Code then.
The Chief judicial Magistrate Srinagar V S Bhou, before whom the charge sheet was filed, committed the case to Sessions court where it will come up for hearing on April 7.
The police is learnt to have submitted along the charge sheet a report from Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) Chandigarh.
In fact, Additional Advocate General R A Khan had told the J&K high court that the delay in filing the charge sheet was due to the non-submission of the FSL report by the CFSL.
Subsequently, the high court had directed the authorities at the CFSL Chandigarh to ensure that the report was sent to the investigating agency at the earliest so as to ensure conclusion of the investigation.
The court had directed the police to file chargesheet in the case and “the competent Court of jurisdiction (to) take all steps for conducting of expeditious trial”.