After 8 years, court holds 4 accused as convicts

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After nearly eight years of continuous trail, Principal and Sessions Judge, Kupwara Muhammad Ibrahim Saturday held four accused responsible for Tabinda Gani rape and murder case. The court will announce the sentence on April 23.

Tabinda, a student of 8th class, was found dead in an orchard in Langate area on 20 July 2007 after her abduction. Medical reports had confirmed that the abductors had raped her before slitting her throat.

Following the incident, Kashmir witnessed massive street protests with people demanding severe punishment to the culprits. Police later arrested four accused including two non-locals and residents of Langate and filed a challan against them. The accused confessed to the crime. But the family is awaiting justice till date.

The last witness to the Tabinda Gani murder and rape case had admitted before the Session Court Kupwara that the four accused held for raping and murdering 8th class student were paraded before the eyewitnesses under his command and the people including a minor during the parade clearly identified the culprits and he is witness to such act.

The last (86th) witness in the case, then Naib Tehsildar Langate, presently Tehsildar Abdul Rashid Shah continuously appeared before the Sessions Court for the fifth time and during his last turn, he confirmed to the court that all the accused in the case were properly identified by the witnesses during a parade.

He had identified the culprits as Sadiq Mir alias Sadiq Choor, Azhar Mir alias Bilal both residents of Langate, Jehangir Bihari of West Bengal (carpenter by profession) and Suresh Mochi (a cobbler).

The public prosecutor in the case stated that on the next date of hearing, he will pray for nothing less than the death sentence to the convicts before the court.


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