A TADA court has acquitted four terrorists, who had surrendered before BSF following an encounter over 13 years ago, stating that the force failed to comply with the procedure under TADA.
Judge ND Wani said the investigation was malafide as BSF conducted the search without permission of local police when Kangla village in Doda district was declared a disturbed area and the accused statement was recorded by an unauthorised person. Therefore, the accused are acquitted of the charges.
The court directed that the seized property of the ultras of Muslim Mujahideen outfit be deposited in the district armoury after the period of appeal is over.
According to the prosecution, the BSF commandant of 16 Bn had lodged a report with Bhaderwah police station on December 7, 1993 that on the evening of November 6 information was received that some terrorists with AK-56 rifles were hiding in a house in village Kangla.
The BSF commandant despatched two companies, including two officers and five SOGs to nab the terrorists on November 11, 1993. The terrorists engaged the security personnel in an encounter during which three ultras escaped while four terrorists - Tariq Hussain, Shafkat Ali, Shafayat Ali and Mukhtiar Ahmed all belonging to Doda district - surrendered.