By Nusrat Sidiq
SRINAGAR: A court on Monday acquitted eight persons from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district after the prosecution failed to prove their involvement in a murder case. The accused, however, spent six years behind the bars before the court set them free.
The first additional district and sessions judge Srinagar acquitted the accused who were arrested by police station Kreeri, Pattan on account of murdering Nazir Ahmed Lone of Thindim, Kreeri.
The court passed the judgment that all the eight persons must be freed as the state couldn’t prove their involvement in Lone’s murder. An FIR-13(2011) lodged at Police station Kreeri Pattan under section 302, 120-B (RPC) and 7/27, 7/25 (Arms Act) against Mohammad Ashraf Kumar, Khanpora Baramulla, Mudasir Nazir Lone, Kachwa Baramulla, Abdul Hameed Mir, Kreeri Pattan, Hilal Ahmed Pala, Dangarpora Pattan, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Kalantra Payeen, Bashir Ahmad Bukhari, Kreeri Pattan and Mohammad Ahsan Dar, Seer Pattan for killing Nazir Ahmed Lone. The case was registered on 28th February, 2011..
The acquitted persons found no bounds of joy when the judge pronounced his judgment. “For the past six years, we have gone through a lot of misery. Our families have been shattered. The crime that we never committed was thrust upon us,” he said adding the court verict has given a new lease of life to them.
“We will never forget what happened to us six years ago but we will try our best to get back to the normal life again,” he said.