JAMMU, Feb 17: Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice B S Walia today upheld the life-imprisonment of Mohammad Iqbal, son of Imam Din Jaral of Doda, who was facing trial in a murder case since 2002.
While upholding the life-imprisonment, DB observed, “humanity feels ashamed when a human being murders another human being. To give vent to enmity and to bury humanity cannot be acceptable to civilized society and a young man (deceased) just thirty-five years old has been deprived of so many summers of his life”, adding “gone are the days when people hearing about murder of a human being would feel that the sky has turned red”.
According to the prosecution case, on 29.06.2002 deceased Saidulla Paray and other persons were sitting in a hotel owned by Jameel Ahmed. In the meanwhile, accused entered, sat on a table, started writing letter, then quietly moved out and went to an adjacent butcher shop of Haq Nawaz, picked up the butcher’s knife, came back running and entered into the hotel.
The butcher Haq Nawaz chased him but while entering into the hotel gave two forceful blows with the butcher’s knife one on the head and another on the face of the deceased, then left butcher’s knife there and ran away. He was again chased by Haq Nawaz (butcher) while running towards old bus stand and with the aid of CRPF personnel stationed there accused was caught hold of and taken to the police station.
After hearing Senior Advocate P N Raina with Advocate J A Hamal appearing for the appellant and Senior AAG Seema Shekhar for the State, the DB observed, “we are of the considered opinion that the accused with all calculations had intended to eliminate the deceased”, adding “trial court has on proper appreciation of evidence and proper application of law passed well reasoned judgment which does not call for any interference”.
With these observations, DB upheld the judgment of trial court.