Four persons booked under PSA after being acquitted in January
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Last Updated: Monday, February 28, 2011, 18:37
Srinagar: Four persons, including three policemen who were acquitted by a local court of charges of murdering a Jammu and Kashmir minister in 2002, have been booked under Public Safety Act.

Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Mohammad Shafi Rather confirmed the slapping of PSA on then Station House Officer Sogam Ghulam Rasool, Head Constable Abdul Ahad, constable Mohammad Rustum and a civilian Ghulam Nabir Pir.

Rather, however, refused to divulge the grounds on which the four persons were booked under the PSA, saying "It is a security matter and I am not authorised to speak on the issue."

All the four were acquitted by a sessions court in January this year of the charge of murdering then Minister of State for Home Mushtaq Ahmad Lone in 2002.

"The prosecution has failed to prove the charges against the accused, who are hence acquitted," the Sessions court said in its order passed in January this year.

Lone was shot dead by militants while he was addressing an election rally at Tekipora in Sogam area of Kupwara district, 100 kms from here on September 11, 2002.

Two of his security guards were also killed in the attack.

During the course of investigation, police arrested the cops on charges of hatching criminal conspiracy with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants to kill the minister.


First Published: Monday, February 28, 2011, 18:37

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