Quantum of punishment to be announced today
Srinagar: A decade after a young private schoolteacher was stabbed to death in uptown Srinagar, a court in Srinagar convicted the murderer. The quantum of punishment would be announced on Tuesday.
The court of principal district and sessions Judge Rashid Ali Dar held the accused Irfan Bhat guilty for charges under section 302 (punishment for murder) and 341 RPC (punishment for wrongful restraint). The court also directed Bhat to file any queries related to the judgment order.
The quantum of punishment would be announced on Tuesday after defense counsel Tasaduq Hussain and Special public prosecutor Abdul Aziz Teli argue it before the court.
The case states that on 10 July 2008, a report was lodged at police station Humhama that a girl namely Sakina Khan, a private schoolteacher, was repeatedly stabbed by Irfan Bhat outside her home at Gulberg colony,Hyderpora.
The accused stabbed her repeatedly with sharp knife with intention to kill her. He also slit the victim’s throat. The people living in the vicinity took the girl and the accused to SMHS hospital wherein the girl died on way to hospital but the accused’s life was saved.
Pertinently an FIR no 344/2008 was lodged against the accused under section 307,341,309 RPC. Later on, police after investigation filed charge-sheet against the accused and charges were framed under sections 302,341 and 309 RPC.
The accused during investigation had confessed before the police for committing the crime. In this case prosecution had examined 26 witnesses.
The state was represented by senior advocate Syed Maqbool initially but later on it was represented by special prosecutor Abdul Aziz Teli.
Father of the deceased girl Abdul Qadir Khan said that he was waiting for justice for almost a decade. “I was waiting for justice and though my daughter is no more but the punishment awarded to the accused will act as deterrent to others,” he said.