Reyaz Rashid

After 11 years, court convicts bus conductor for killing passenger in Sopore

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Two other accused acquitted

Baramulla: After eleven years, Additional District Sessions Judge Sopore on Wednesday convicted a bus conductor for killing a passenger near Baba Shukur Din (RA) shrine at Watlab way back in 2009.

According to the police case, on September 21, 2009, accused conductor Nazir Ahmed Parra asked a passenger Arbaz Bashir Khan, alias Sameer, who along with his friends had gone for outing to Watlab, to sit on the roof of the bus even as there was lot of space inside the bus.

A heated argument ensued between the two and in the subsequent brawl the conductor hit Khan with an iron rod in the chest and head, injuring him grievously.

“The injured passenger subsequently succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS Soura.”

After hearing both the sides and going through the case, Additional District Sessions Judge Sopore observed that analyzing the evidence on record, and circumstances of the case, besides law on the subject, “I am of the considered view that the present case cannot be said to be a case under Section 302 RPC but it is a case falling under Section 304 Part I RPC as such accused Nazir Ahmed Parra is found to be involved in offence under sec 304 Part I RPC who stands accordingly convicted under sec 304 Part I RPC”, which warrants a jail term of 10 years upto life imprisonment.

The quantum of sentence would be pronounced on July 25th. Two other accused — Zahoor Ahmed Parra, son of Mohammad Sultan Parra of Adipora Sopore, and Reyaz Ahmed Shiekh, son of Ghulam Mohammad of Dardpora Lolab — were acquitted of the charges.

“As already observed herein above, I am of the considered view that prosecution has failed to prove the guilt of the two more accused persons … who are accordingly acquitted of the charges as leveled against them,” the judgment reads.

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