Srinagar, June 29: A local court at Awantipora in south Kashmir sentenced a driver one year jail term for killing a pedestrian girl in 2007.
“Court of Additional Special Mobile Magistrate Awantipora with Miss Fozia Paul in chair, after hearing Khursheed Ahmad Sr. Prosecuting Officer for the state and counsel for the accused , convicted the driver for killing the girl”, a police official said.
The driver namely Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Bhat S/O Abdul Ahad Bhat R/O Renizipora Awantipora sentenced for one year jail for causing death of the pedestrian girl namely Yaseena Akhter D/O Mohammad Ramzan R/O Reshipora Awantipora and injuries to another girl namely Mubeena D/O Mohammad Yousuf Dass R/O Reshipora by rash and negligent driving of a TATA SUMO bearing registration No. JK13-9319, the officer said.
The convict had hit the said girls while driving the said vehicle on 08-12-2007 at Beigpora Awantipora. He has been sentenced to undergo imprisonment for a period of one year for the commission of offense punishable U/S 304-A/RPC. Fine of Rs. 5000/= has also been imposed on convict for the commission of said offence, he said.
“He has also been ordered to undergo imprisonment of four months for the commission of offence punishable U/S 337/RPC and two months for the commission of offence punishable U/S 279/RPC.”
The trial court turned down the plea of convict for release on probation in terms of section 562/ CrPC when Khursheed Ahmad Sr. Prosecuting officer who represented the state in the case vehemently resisted the same, the officer said.
While referring various judgements of Supreme Court of India the court observed that “bearing in mind the galloping trend in road accidents and the devastating consequences visiting the victims and their families, criminal courts can not treat the nature of offence U/S 304-A/RPC as attracting the benevolent provisions of the Probation of offenders Act”. Later the convict was lodged in Central Jail Srinagar in pursuance of orders of trial court to serve the sentence, the officer added.