JAMMU: A Division Bench of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh High Court comprising Justice Sanjeev Kumar and Justice M A Chowdhary upheld life-imprisonment of a CRPF Jawan, namely Anand Kumar Singh, son of Ram Naresh Singh, resident of Bihar, who was involved in killing of an Inspector and 2 others at Chief Minister’s residence.
According to prosecution, on April 3, 2006 accused constable shot dead Inspector Mohan Shyam with his Insas rifle over an old enmity at Chief Minister’s residence at Wazarat Road. He also killed two Havildars namely Joginder Jha and H N Pandey, when they tried to nab accused. Accordingly, FIR registered at Peer Mitha Police Station under Sections 302 of RPC and 30 of Arms Act. During course of investigation, the accused was arrested and on his disclosure weapon of offence and other ammunition, which was issued in his favour by CRPF, was also recovered and after completion of investigation, Police presented Challan in the Court, after which Trial Court convicted accused Anand Kumar Singh and awarded life-imprisonment. But against judgment of Trial Court, present appeal was filed.
Division Bench headed by Justice Sanjeev Kumar while upholding the life-imprisonment after hearing Adv S C Sharma for appellant whereas AAG Amit Gupta for UT, observed that prosecution in instant case has proved the case by leading ocular, circumstantial and scientific evidence. “Cumulative effect of these three types of evidences led by prosecution is an irresistible conclusion that accused has committed the gruesome cold-blooded murder of three Jawans of his battalion.
Small altercation in morning between accused and deceased Joginder Jha and subsequent scolding and warning by deceased Shyam Mohan in evening, could not have been provocation enough to kill three persons by shooting them. The accused is apparently a person of depraved mind who had least respect and care for human lives.
The trial Court has rightly convicted him and sentenced him to imprisonment for life for committing the murder of three of his colleagues. Despite great persuasion to take contrary view, we could not help concurring with the Trial Court,” the DB observed.