The families as well as the lawyer of the innocent youth expressed dissatisfaction over the judgment and decided to fight the case in upper court.
Sheikh Imran son of Abdul Rehman of Karfali Mohalla in Srinagar and Sheikh Farhat son of Sheikh Ghulam Nabi of Bemina Srinagar have been awarded life imprisonment on the fake charge of smuggling ammunition for militants in Kashmir. They have also been fined Rs2 lakh each.
The police claimed that the ammunition, found in a false ceiling above the driver’s cabin of a truck parked in the port area of Kolkata in September 2003, was smuggled from China through Chittagong in Bangladesh, Meghalaya and Assam, and was meant for militants in Kashmir. However, the families as well as the counsel have denied the charges.
The defence lawyer, Ajay Dutt pleaded in the court that the both were innocent and should be released without any further delay. However, the court announced the verdict against the youth.
They were sentenced to life imprisonment despite the duo had already spent 10 years in jail on the same charge.
On December 19, 2003, Indian police arrested Sheikh Imran and Sheikh Farhat from Srinagar and later they were taken to Kolkata where false case was lodged against them under Arms Act. Both of them then aged 17 and 22 years respectively were lodged in Kolkata Central Jail and are languishing there for last 10 years.
On Monday, a lower court in Kolkata sentenced both of them to life imprisonment.-agencies