Srinagar: A Srinagar trial court Tuesday framed charges under section 302 RPC (murder) against 17 youth accused in the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandit in Nowhatta earlier this year.
The court of 4th Additional District Principal and Sessions Judge Kamlesh Kumar Panditha said that prima facie evidence was strong enough to frame charges.
“Prima facie evidence is available for charging the accused for 302 RPC (murder), 392 RPC (robbery), 341 RPC (wrongful restraint), 149 RPC (member of unlawful assembly), 148 RPC (rioting) and Section 13 Unlawful Activities.”
Defence counsel Nazir Ahmad Ronga had argued before the court that all the 17 youth were innocent and falsely implicated in the case. He had argued that the prosecution had given a different set of versions to Pandit’s killing and that the police and CRPF personnel deployed on the day of the incident watched as mute spectators.
As per the case diary, Deputy Superintendent of Police Muhammad Ayub Pandit was lynched at Nowhatta on 22 June 2017.
On October 6, police had filed charge sheet in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Srinagar against 17 persons. It had also separately filed a challan against four juveniles accused in the case. The four juveniles are already out on bail.
According to the chargesheet, the police have booked the accused in FIR no. 51 of 2017 for offences under 302 RPC (murder), 392 RPC (robbery), 341 RPC (wrongful restraint), 149 RPC (member of unlawful assembly), 148 RPC (rioting) and section 13 of the Unlawful Activities Act.
In October, CJM Srinagar had committed the challan of the 17 accused to the court of Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar, and it was later transferred to the 4th Additional Sessions Court, which framed charges against the accused on Tuesday.