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Pulwama man sentenced to 10 years for involvement in drug trade

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Srinagar: A local court in Pulwama has sentenced a person to ten years of rigorous imprisonment and slapped him with a fine of one lakh rupees after convicting him for involvement in drug trade.

Pronouncing the punishment under Section 8/20( C )NDPS Act, Principal Sessions Judge Pulwama said convict Abdul Hamid Bhat, son of Mohammad Ismail Bhat, resident of Lelhar Kakapora is sentenced to rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and fine of Rs. 1,00,000 is also imposed. In case of default of payment of fine the convict shall further undergo simple imprisonment of three months.

The sentence was pronounced to the convict in the open court through video conferencing, as the former is lodged in the Special Jail (Correctional Home) Pulwama, where he will also serve the remaining portion of the sentence.

The period of detention already undergone by the convict during the investigation and trial of the case shall be set off, the judgemnent said.

The accused has been convicted for the offence punishable under Section 20(C) NDPS Act which prescribes punishment for contravention in relation to cannabis plant and cannabis.

According to the prosecution, the convict was found in possessing 104.400 kgs of ‘Ganja’ (marijuana) and 1.200 kgs of ‘Charras’ (cannabis) , at the time of his arrest. This quantity falls under the category of “commercial quantity” which is specified in the notification No. 1055-E of 2001 issued under NDPS Act.

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