Peshawar: ‘Militant’ gets 14 years for carrying bomb
PESHAWAR: An anti-terrorism court here on Friday convicted an alleged member of Tehrik-i-Taliban Swat for carrying an improvised explosive devise and sentenced him to 14 years rigorous imprisonment.
The court presided over by Anwar Ali Khan observed that the prosecution had proved its case against the accused, Jamaluddin alias Ghouri, and the evidence on record connected him with the offence.
The accused was arrested by Pishtakhara police in the outskirts of Peshawar on July 5, 2010. The police alleged that they had received information about presence of a militant near Tajabad locality following which they started search for him.
The police alleged that when they stopped the accused, who is around 19 years of age, he was carrying a sack inside which they found a pressure-cooker filled with explosives. It was added that the bomb disposal squad was called and its officials defused the IED. The BDS officials claimed that the cooker was carrying seven kgs of explosive material and it was also filled with ball-bearings, nuts and bolts so as to increase the intensity of the explosive device.
The prosecution claimed that during investigation the accused said that he belonged to Dir area and he remained with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Swat for two years.
Special public prosecutor Mohammad Khalid contended that the accused was caught red-handed and added that had it gone off, it would have caused considerable devastation.
Meanwhile, another anti-terrorism court presided over by Ibrahim Khan directed two officials of the Peshawar Central Prison to file replies regarding the allegations leveled by a prisoner that he was tortured for not giving bribe to an official.
An under trial prisoner, Dunya Gul, has given an application to the court stating that he used to sell contraband inside the prison and for that purpose he had to pay Rs15,000 to an official. He stated that now he had abandoned that practice, but the said official was still demanding money from him. He alleged that he was severely tortured on refusing to pay the money.
The accused–applicant was earlier convicted in a case of drug trafficking and was sentenced to five years imprisonment. Furthermore, he has been facing trial before the ATC in a kidnapping for ransom case.
On court notice, superintendent Shahjehan Khan and the concerned official Shamroz Khan appeared before the court. Both were directed to file replies till June 15.