Srinagar: Defence and prosecution concluded their arguments in the lynching case of DySP Muhammad Ayub Pandith and the court will deliver its verdict on the framing of charges in the case on Dec 6.
Concluding his arguments, defence counsel Nazir Ahmad Ronga Tuesday pleaded for bail to accused while questioning the procedure used to identify the accused.
“I fail to understand that the policemen couldn’t identify their own officer but identified these boys,” Advocate Ronga argued in the court, while stating that police has made a “baseless” story “wherein from a crowd of thousands of people only the accused were identified and that too with accurate details”.
Submitting judgements before court he also stated that it was not a lynching but “an incident which took place suddenly” and that “nobody could be prosecuted for that.”
He also pointed out contradictions in the different police claims, and questioned why the person who has identified the accused has not been produced as a witness.
“On 27June, IGP Kashmir in a press conference stated that they have recovered pistol, iron rod and have arrested accused. But Arrest memo shows that the accused boys were arrested on 3rd of July onwards.” Ronga pointed out.
He added that witnesses were also confused about the mob attack. Some said that people with lathis and stones beat him. Another set of witnesses has said that people equipped with iron water pipe attacked him.
He pleaded before court that no charge should be made out to the accused and they shall be set free.
The public prosecutor, however, argued that accused should be tried under section 302 as an innocent life of an officer was lost.