Pakistani militant awarded 9 year imprisonment

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Jammu, Nov 23 (UNI) A sessions court in Jammu and Kashmir has awarded nine years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 20,000 to a Pakistani miliatant, who was arrested after a day-long encounter by the army, ten years ago.

Principal sessions Judge, Jammu, J R Kotwal after hearing public prosecutor E A Tak appearing for the state and advocate Dinesh Verma appearing for the accused person, yesterday sentenced Mohammad Farooq alias Abu Shamsher of Lalpura, Sialkot, to nine year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on him.

The Judge observed that the accused was a foreigner and caught on Indian territory with AK-56 rifle in his possession at a place where an encounter had taken place between militants and security forces.

The only reason that may slightly mitigate severity of sentence to be imposed upon the accused is the long duration trial over nine years, he observed.

In default of payment of fine, the accused would have to undergo further imprisonment for a period of one year, the court said.

According to the case, on December 30, 1997, army received an information about the presence of militants in Siriala forests.

Troops laid cordon next morning and came in contact with the militants. In subsequent firing, militants also opened fire in which one of army jawan got killed and another sustained wounds.

In the encounter, three Pakistani militants, namely Abu Jabar, Abu Vikas and Abu Hazrat, were killed while Mohammad Farooq alias Abu Shamsher was captured along with an AK-56 rifle and ammunition.

UNI

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