Srinagar: A local court in Baramulla has
acquitted three persons accused of murdering senior leader of
moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Sheikh Abdul Aziz
during a protest march in 2008.
They were acquitted by the court of Additional District
and Sessions Judge, Baramulla, presided over by Mohammad
Yousuf Akhoon on Friday for want of material evidence, defence
counsel Sheikh Mohammad Ashraf said today.
Aziz, senior executive member of the moderate faction of
Hurriyat and chairman of Peoples League, was shot dead near
village Chahal on August 11, 2008 when he was leading a
Initially, security forces were blamed for the killing of
Aziz but later investigations showed he was shot from behind
by someone who was part of the protest march.
However, the Hurriyat rejected the police stand and
claimed that its leader was killed in police firing to prevent
Mohammad Ashraf Akhoon, Faisal Ahmad Bhat and Barkat
Ahmad Dar, all residents of Baramulla, were arrested by police
in connection with the killing of Aziz.
However, the court after hearing the arguments dismissed
the case observing that there was no material evidence on
record which could prove their involvement in the crime.