HC upholds life sentence to militant commander in political worker killing

HC upholds life sentence to militant commander in political worker killing
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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High court on Friday upheld the life sentence awarded by a trial court in 2014 to a militant commander for killing of a political worker.
According to the prosecution, Hizbul Mujahideen district commander Maqsood Ahmed Bhat had confessed to the killing of Dr Riyazul Hassan of Hanjiveera Bala, a BUMS doctor and a political worker.
The court observed that the trial court has “aptly justified the case” and has “rightly awarded the sentence”.
The 1st Additional Sessions Judge, Baramulla had convicted Maqsood
under Section 302 RPC for the murder of Dr. Riyazul Hassan and also under section 7/27 of the arms act, 1959. He had been sentenced to imprisonment for life on both counts along with a fine of Rs.10,000.
The prosecution described Maqsood as dreaded militant and district commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, while as Dr Riyaz was zonal president of a political party.
According to police records unidentified militants fired upon Dr Riyaz on July 15, 2005 at Hanjiveera Bala, Pattan, at about 1650 hours. He was seriously wounded and carried for treatment to SKIMS, Srinagar, where he succumbed to the injuries.
Police recovered two empty cartridges from the crime site.
According to police, the HM district commander made a confessional/disclosure statement indicating his involvement in the the killing. Further investigations, including FSL reports also eyewitness accounts also indicated his involvement in the killing, the prosecution said. Consequently, a charge sheet was produced 1st additional sessions court Baramulla which awarded life imprisonment term and 10,000 fine in 2014.
The High Court said it found the trial court’s judgment as “thorough and extremely well reasoned”.
“So, the sentence of life imprisonment along with fine of Rs.10,000/- is also in order.” It said while dismissing the appeal made by the convict.