SRINAGAR: Six days after holding two persons guilty in a “horrific” case of throwing acid on a 20-year-old law student at Nowshera Srinagar on 11 December 2014, a court here on Tuesday sentenced them to life imprisonment.
The Principal District and Sessions Court Srinagar Jawad Ahmed announced the verdict in a jam-packed court.
The court had reserved the verdict on the weekend after hearing arguments of Special Public Prosecutor AA Teeli, who demanded maximum life imprisonment for the convicted while counsel representing the duo sought lesser punishment of ten years, considering mitigating circumstances.
On Thursday last, the court held the accused duo—Irshad Ahmad Wani alias Sunny Wazirbagh Srinagar and Muhammad Umar Noor of Bemina Srinagar— guilty of the offense under RPC’s Sections of 326-A (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by use of acid), 201 (destroying evidence) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).
“I find that the prosecution has been able to establish the charges against the accused persons beyond any reasonable shadow of doubt. As such, this charge-sheet is accepted and the accused persons namely Irshad Amin Wani and Mohammed Umer Noor (Accused No.2), are held guilty for the offences punishable under Sections 326-A, 201 &120- B RPC,” the court said in the verdict.
The court found “absolutely no material from the defence side to suggest any probable reason for falsely implicating the accused persons in this case.”
“The established facts, circumstances and the chain of evidence taken cumulatively are so complete and consistent that in all human probabilities the only hypothesis is that the horrendous act of throwing acid on the victim has been committed by the accused No.2 in furtherance of the conspiracy hatched by accused No.1 with accused No.2,” the court had said, adding, “The established facts and circumstances do not leave any reasonable ground for the conclusion consistent with the innocence of the accused persons.”
Notably, on 11 December 2014, a young law student was grievously injured in an acid attack near Nowshera on the city outskirts while she was going to college.
Given the gravity of the offense, which sent shock waves across the Valley, a Special Investigation Team, constituted by the then IGP Kashmir A.G. Mir under the supervision of then SSP Srinagar Amit Kumar with then SP Rayees Mohammad Bhat (presently DIG South Kashmir) as a charge of SIT, arrested the two persons accused within a fortnight. (GNS)