Court awards life sentence to Ex policeman for killing wife, brother-in-law

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Court awards life sentence to Ex policeman for killing wife, brother-in-law

Banihal/Jammu, Feb 19: A local court on Saturday sentenced a former special police officer (SPO) to life imprisonment for killing his wife and brother-in-law in The amban district of Jammu over a decade ago.

Principal Sessions Judge, Ramban, Haq Nawaz Zargar also slapped a fine of ₹ 1 lakh on the convict Abdul Gafoor, who appeared in court through video conference from a district jail in Udhampur, where he is currently lodged.

Gafoor had shot dead his wife Rehmata Begum and brother-in-law Farooq Ahmad Malik using his AK-47 rifle in Mitra village of Ramban on May 10, 2011. He was subsequently arrested on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway while he was trying to flee.

In his nine-page order, the principal session’s judge said Gafoor, a resident of Jhora-Thatri village of Doda, is punished for an offence under Section 302 (murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code and sentenced to life imprisonment.

"He shall also undergo concurrent sentence of life imprisonment for an offence under section 7/27 IA Act. Both sentences shall run concurrently," the order read.

Of the ₹ 1 lakh fine imposed on Gafoor, ₹ 50,000 shall be paid as compensation to his children with Rehmata Begum and the rest shall be forfeited in favour of the State, it said.

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