By Jamal Khurshid
The Anti-Terrorism Court handed down the death sentence to two policemen having found them guilty of murdering a three-year-old girl after kidnapping and raping her.
Head constable Bashir Ahmed and police constable Noor Mohammad were prosecuted for killing three-year-old Sana after kidnapping her from the Korangi area on July 5 this year. According to the prosecution, the defendants later threw her body in a graveyard in the Korangi area and due to their act a sense of fear prevailed in society.
“The prosecution case was appreciated by the court, which handed down the death punishment to the defendants,” Special Public Prosecutor Mohammad Khan Buriro said. The prosecution placed nine witnesses including two eyewitnesses to prove the guilt of the defendants.
The ATC headed by Judge Syed Hasan Shah Bukhari observed that the prosecution proved its case against the defendants, who had committed a ‘gruesome offence.’
The court also sentenced both defendants to10 years imprisonment each for rape with a fine of Rs10,000. Both defendants were directed to pay Rs100,000 as compensation to the legal heirs of the girl, and, in default of payment, they shall have to suffer a further three years of imprisonment.
The policemen were earlier booked for murder and kidnapping charges on July 5 and remand was obtained from the concerned Magistrate. Later, section 6 (1) (b) and 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) were included by the police and a case was made for trial of the suspects before the ATC.
Kidnapper gets life term in kidnap and murder case: In another kidnapping and murder case, the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) sentenced a man to twice life imprisonment.
Mohammad Faheem was charged with kidnapping his friend, Saad Ali, 17, from the Quaidabad area Karachi on October 13 last year. According to the prosecution, the defendant demanded Rs3 million from the family of the abducted boy as ransom. Later, prosecution alleged, Faheem killed Saad and dumped his body in his house.
ATC headed by Judge Abdul Ghafoor Memon observed that the prosecution proved its case against the defendant beyond any reasonable doubt and awarded twice life imprisonment to him for kidnapping and murder.
The court also imposed a Rs200,000 fine on the defendant, and, in case of default, he shall have to suffer a further six months of imprisonment. The defendant was also directed to pay Rs200,000 as compensation to the legal heirs of the victim.
Suspect sent to jail: The Administrative Judge of the Anti-Terrorism Courts in Karachi sent a suspect, facing kidnapping for ransom charges, to jail and directed the investigation officer to submit a charge-sheet against him on the next date of hearing.
Ali Asghar was arrested by the police for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of Anwar Hussain from the Shah Latif Town area on June 15. Police alleged that the suspect with absconding co-accused kept Hussain for two months in their custody, demanding Rs1.2 million for his release.
However, they released him after two months without receiving the ransom. AJ Justice Maqbool Baqar sent the suspect to jail and directed IO to submit a charge-sheet against him on September 7.
Source: The News