|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Feb 17 (JNF): A high court division bench of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice B S Walia today upheld life impriosnment awarded to a murder accused by the trial court.
Mohammad Iqbal, son of Imam Din Jaral of Mangota, Doda, was facing trial in the case since 2002. Upholding the life impriosnment, Justice Mir observed that 'humanity feels ashamed when a human being murders another human being. To give vent to enmity and to bury humanity cannot be acceptable to civilised society and the victim, a young man of just 35 years, has been deprived of so many summers of his life. Alas! Gone are the days when people hearing about murder of a human being would feel that sky has turned red'.
On June 29, 2002, Saidulla Paray and other persons were sitting in a Muslim Hotel, owned by one Jameel Ahmed, when the accused entered it at about 12.45 pm, sat on a table, wrote a letter and then quietly moved to the adjacent butcher shop of Haq Nawaz. From there, he picked up a sharp-edged weapon and ran towards the Muslim Hotel. Though the butcher chased him to take back the weapon, he entered the hotel, stabbed the victim on his head and face and then fled towards the old Bus Stand. The butcher again chased him. Later, with the help of CRPF personnel deployed there, the accused was caught. While he was taken to Doda police station, the dead was shifted to the Doda district hospital.
The two judges said 'we are of the considered opinion that the appellant with all calculations had intended to eliminate the deceased'. He had brutally given two forceful blows with butcher's knife on the head and the face of the victim, resulting in his death, they said.
"The trial court has, on proper appreciation of evidence and application of law, has passed a well reasoned judgment which does not call for any interference. Impugned judgment and order as such is upheld," the bench ordered.