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Man gets 10 year jail for acid attack after 8-year trial

Udhampur, Jan 04: In a trial lasting for eight years, Udhampur Additional Session Judge S.R Gandhi today sentenced a man to 10 year rigorous imprisonment and acquitted two others in an acid throwing case. 

The facts of the prosecution case in brief are that on 17/2/2012    Sohan Singh Son of  Bansi Lal resident  of  Roun Domail,  running a cosmetic shop at Roun Domail was going towards his home along with his brother  Dara and Manohar Singh  after closing his shop  and the accused, near Ashram Morh Ramnagar Railway Station,   started  throwing some watery substance on him and his companions with a jug and gallon.  The Victims received serious injuries and were shifted to district  hospital by police. 

Later, police registered a case   FIR No. 54/2012  under Sections 307/326/341/120 RPC and started investigation. The Prosecution examined 17 witnesses in this regard.

After hearing the defense counsel for the accused persons and Additional Public Prosecutor Anil Magotra for the state, the Court observed that acid attack is one of the grave offences against the human body and it has irreversible consequences for the victim. The victim is unable to lead a normal life and leave his house because of his disfigurement. The social stigma and the pain that a victim has to go through for not being accepted by the society cannot be neglected. 

Keeping in view the mitigating and aggravating circumstances, the Court ordered that for the commission of offence under Section 307 of the RPC convict namely Rajinder Kumar Son of  Manohor Lal  resident of  Village Radyal Tehsil and District Samba shall suffer rigorous imprisonment for 10 (Ten) years  and a fine of Rs.10,000/-.

For the commission of offence under Section 324 RPC the convict shall undergo rigorous imprisonment for 03 (Three) years. For the commission of offence under Section 341 RPC he shall undergo imprisonment for one month. All the sentences shall run concurrently.

In default of payment of fine, convict shall further undergo imprisonment for one year. It is evident from the record that convict was arrested on 23.02.2012 and released on bail on 03.3.2016. The period of detention already undergone shall be set off from the sentence awarded to the convict. 

However two others accused namely Arun Singh son of Kartar Singh resident of W.No.3 Vijaypur Tehsil – District Samba and Ganga Ram son of Hind Raj resident of Village Badnai Nadd Tehsil & District Samba were acquitted as prosecution failed to prove case against them.

Meanwhile, the court also directed to submit a copy of this order to the Chairman District Legal Service Authority, Udhampur with the request to consider this case for compensation to the victims.

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Pregnant woman killed, 2 injured as srinagar-bound ambulance meets with an accident in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – An expecting woman got killed and two other persons received injuries after an ambulance they were on board met with an accident in Batote in Ramban district on Saturday afternoon.

Reports said that the ambulance driver purportedly lost control over the vehicle, enroute to SKIMS Srinagar from Doda. The vehicle rolled down a deep gorge, resulting in on spot death of a pregnant woman besides injuries to two other persons – said to attendants of the (now deceased) woman.

The identification of deceased woman or injured duo could not be immediately known.


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BSF, Pak Rangers resolve to maintain peace on border in first meeting after Ceasefire

Meeting held on Islamabad’s request, lodged strong protest over Drone activities: BSF

(Asian News Hub) – Border guards of India and Pakistan on Saturday resolved to remain committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border in Jammu.

Border Security Forces (BSF) said that Sector Command level meeting, first after New Delhi and Islamabad decided on steadfast holding of ceasefire, was held on request of Pakistan Rangers on International Border in Suchetgarh area of the Jammu.

The BSF delegation was led by Surjit Singh, DIG, Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers delegation was led by Brig Murad Hussain, sector commander Pakistan Rangers, Sialkot Sector , S P S Sandhu (DIG), a spokesman of the BSF, said in a statement cited by GNS.

“It was the first Sector Commander level meeting between two border guarding Forces, after declaration of cease fire agreement by DGMOs.”

“During meeting, Commanders of both the border guarding Forces, discussed various issues with main emphasis by BSF delegation on Pak Drone activities, (militant) activities by Pakistan from across the border, digging of tunnels by Pakistan and other issues related to Border management,” the spokesman said, adding, “A very strong protest was lodged by BSF delegates regarding drone activities by Pakistan authorities in Jammu area.”

The spokesman said both the forces “decided to re-energize instant communication between field Commanders, whenever required, to resolve the ops matters.”

“ Meeting was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere and both side agreed for expeditious implementation of the decisions taken in the earlier DG level talks and committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border,” he added.


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Arms licence racket; Searches carried out at 40 location in J-K, Delhi: CBI

(Asian News Hub) – The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday said that it conducted raids at around 40 locations including official and residential premises of certain IAS and KAS officers in a case related to Arms license racket in Jammu and Kashmir.

CBI today conducted searches at around 40 locations including Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur, Rajouri, Anantnag, Baramulla, Delhi (at the official and residential premises of certain then public servants, including IAS, KAS officers, then DM, then ADM etc), around 20 gun houses, dealers in an on-going investigation of a case related to Arms licence racket.

CBI had registered two cases on the request of Jammu and Kashmir government and further notification from Government of India, and took over the investigation of FIR No. 18 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 earlier registered at Police Station Vigilance Organisation Kashmir (VOK) and FIR No. 11 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 of Police Station Vigilance Organisation Jammu (VOJ) on the allegations of bulk issuance of arms licenses in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period 2012 to 2016.

CBI also collected documents pertaining to the issuance of said armed licences allegedly spread over 22 districts of J&K.

During investigation and scrutiny of documents, the role of certain gun dealers was found in connivance with the public servants i.e. the then DM and ADM of concerned District had allegedly issued such illegal arms licenses to the ineligible persons.

It was also alleged that the persons who got these licenses were not residents of the places from where the said arms licenses were issued.

Further investigation is going on.


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