Srinagar, May 4: A court in Jammu has awarded death sentence to Hizbul Mujahideen militants for murdering a man over suspicion of being a police informer.
The militants killed Abdul Majid, a resident of a village in Kathua on November 27, 2002.
Principal sessions judge, Kathua, Jang Bhadur Singh Jamwal convicted the three militants, Mohammad Shabir, Raj Din and Nazir Ahmad for Majids murder.
Shabir and Din were awarded death sentence while Nazir got away with a light punishment of three years in prison and a fine of Rs 5,000.
As per the prosecution details, the militants led by the local Hizbul commander Ashraf Faridi had stormed into Majids house and pumped a volley of bullets into his body before thrashing him.
Faridi is absconding and proceedings under Section 512 CrPC (trial in absentia) have been initiated against him.
The court, however, acquitted one of the accused, Ashiq Ali, from conspiracy charges levelled against him.
The prosecution had argued that Faridi had connections with the ISI and was trying to spread terror in the state.
The judge also cited various Supreme Court judgments under Section 27 (3) of the Arms Act.
The families of the two militants were not satisfied with the verdict, sources said. They feel there was no evidence against them, the source said.
The court verdict comes a month after principal sessions judge, Udhampur, A.K. Sharma awarded life sentence to three Hizbul Mujahideen militants for killing two women.
The militants had reportedly slit their throats with a sharp edged weapon for suspecting them to be police informers.
The court, however, observed the crime did not fall within the rarest of the rare cases and awarded life imprisonment to them.