Cop nabbed for links with militants gets 3 yr jail under POTA
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 19:22
Jammu: A police man arrested on charges of assisting militants while remaining absent on duty nine years ago has been sentenced to three years imprisonment under the stringent Prevention of Terrorism Act.

Farid Ahmed, serving as a constable in Udhampur district in 2001, was awarded the sentence by Presiding Officer of POTA Court R S Jain yesterday.

Sentencing the accused, he observed, "In view of the facts of the case and looking to the voluntary nature of his confessional statement, accused Farid Ahmed is sentenced to imprisonment for a period of three years and has to pay a fine of Rs 1,000 under section 3(4) POTA".

According to the prosecution case, Ahmed remained absent from his duty as a police man serving in Udhampur district from September 29, 2001 till November 11, 2001 and during this period he was assisting militants of Mahore area for spreading their activities.

Accordingly, he was charge sheeted for the offence under section 3 of POTA.

In his confessional statement, which was recorded under the direction of SSP Poonch, he stated that four terrorists of his village whom he knew personally used to come to his house occasionally.

In July 1999, when he had gone home on holiday, all four came to his house and asked for Rs 50,000 as charity but he gave Rs 5,000 cash and food to them, he had told the authorities.

Sometimes, foreign terrorists also visited his house with these four local militants, he told his interrogators.


First Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 19:22

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