Police in charge sheet had mentioned that Ahmed supported militant Jehangir Saroori
Srinagar: After observing that a pharmacist who was earlier implicated in an alleged militancy-related case, a court in Jammu has granted bail to him and made out that UAPA- an anti-terror law, with which he was charged, was not applicable to him.
As the Judge, Sunit Gupta, Special Judge under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, while granting the bail noted that court could not find a single witness or statement which can hold the victim identified as Zahoor Ahmed responsible for his alleged links to militancy, the court ordered for the immediate release of Ahmed.
Zahoor’s advocate Faheem Ahmed told Free Press Kashmir that Ahmed was “released yesterday and after all the formalities he was handed over to his family.”
Ahmed, a resident of Marwah area of Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, was working as a junior pharmacist with the government health department.
“The court could not find a single witness, whose statements were recorded under section 161 or 164 CrPC, who have uttered even a single word against the accused Zahoor Ahmed,” the judge observed, according to the order.
In January 2019, Ahmed was arrested after police station Dachhan charged him of supporting a militancy group Hizbul Mujahideen.
The police in the charge sheet had mentioned that Ahmed also supported a militant Jehangir Saroori, who according to reports, is Kashmir’s oldest surviving militant.
Saroori, a resident of Kishtwar, has been evading arrest since 1990.
However, in this regard, the court stated that even if Ahmed was intending to deliver some medicine even to the militant, he cannot be said to have been involved in any of the offence under UA (P) Act.
Besides Ahmed, police had accused nine others of being militant sympathizers of outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. They were also charged, under several sections of UA (P) Act, of providing the information about armed forces personnel to militants to carry out attacks on them.
In a separate case that was filed by Kishtwar police station against him in 2019, he was accused of providing medicine to Saroori and three others on the instant of one Akther Hussain, resident of Kishtwar.
Advocate Faheem added that the court has also mentioned that concerned investigation officer from the department of JK Police, has not found any evidence against the accused. In fact, he said, the officer had managed to annex a photostat copy of a statement of the witness identified as Akhter Hussain which was recorded under section 164 CrPc in some other case and attached with this case.
“With the strength of the said copy of the statement, the investigation officer (IO) had made a successful attempt to falsely implicate the accused Zahoor Ahmed and even as per the statement; the accused is not genuinely found to be involved in any such activity which may be said to be an offence under UA(P) Act,” the court added in the order copy that lies with Free Press Kashmir.
The court further observed Ahmed cannot be said to be involved in aiding, harbouring or being part of the militant organisation.
As the court directed the superintendent of Central Jail, Jammu to release the accused from custody, the accused was granted bail subject to furnishing the surety bond or Rs. 25,000.
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