Anantnag, 27 March: Charges have been framed by Hon’ble Court in Amarnath Yatra Bus attack case for initiating trial proceedings. The case was registered under FIR NO. 157 of 2017, under section 302, 307, 326, 427, 120-B RPC,7/27 Arms Act,16,18,19, 20,& 40 of UA (P) Act in Police Station Anantnag.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) had filed a charge sheet in the last week of January this year against the Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba terror group and 11 people for conspiring and carrying out the July 2017 Amarnath Yatra attack in which eight pilgrims lost their lives.
The extensive (1,500-page) charge sheet was filed under various sections of Ranbir Penal Code (similar to the Indian Penal Code) and the anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act before the Sessions Court at Anantnag after obtaining the necessary Government Sanction required under law in such cases.
The investigation in the case was conducted in a very professional manner after collecting the technical evidence. The probe into the incident was completed by Superintendent of Police Tahir Ashraf KPS I/C of Special Investigating Team (SIT) in a record six months period. The SIT was headed by the then Deputy Inspector General of Police (South Kashmir) Sawayam Prakash Pani IPS now Inspector General of Police (Kashmir).
The 11 people in the charge sheet also include a juvenile. The charge sheet against the juvenile was filed before Chief Judicial Magistrate (Juvenile Court) at Anantnag in South Kashmir.
In the attack on the bus Eight pilgrims were killed when Lashker-e-Taiba terrorists fired indiscriminately on the bus carrying pilgrims on the outskirts of Anantnag in July last year. The devotees were on their way back to Jammu after the pilgrimage.