Yasin Malik, 6 others charged for killing IAF officers

A court on Monday charged JKLF chief Yasin Malik and six others involved in the killing of four Indian Air Force officers in Kashmir during terror uprising in 1990. The charges were framed under section 302, 307 RPC, section3 (3) and section 4(1) of TADA Act, 1987 and section 7/27 of Arms Act 1959, section 120-B of RPC.

According to reports, Malik and his aide Showkat Bakshi lodged in Tihar and Ambedkar Nagar jails, respectively, appeared via video-conferencing. The accused pleaded not guilty. The next hearing in the case will be held on March 30.

The Terrorists and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) court had earlier held that there was prima-facie evidence for prosecuting Malik in the case. Special NIA judge Subhash Gupta had said the court was of a certain view that sufficient grounds exist for drawing presumption that the accused Yasin Malik, Ali Mohammad Mir, Manzoor Ahmed Sofi alias Mustafa, Javed Ahmed Mir alias Malka, Nana Ji alias Saleem, Javed Ahmed Zarger and Shoukat Ahmed Bakshi, prima facie have committed acts of terror.

Malik and his aides have been charged with attempt to murder, murder, criminal conspiracy, illegal possession of arms and acts of terror, under several sections of TADA and Ranbir Penal Code (RPC), the erstwhile state of J&K’s own law.

The JKLF chief Malik is also accused of kidnapping the then union home minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed daughter Rubaiya Sayeed.