Special court in Delhi sentenced Yasin Malik to life imprisonment, security forces on alert in Jammu and Kashmir



National Desk :
Gongutri Kashyap:

A special court in Delhi has sentenced Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front's separatist leader Yasin Malik to life imprisonment, convicted in a terror funding case.  Along with this, a fine of ten lakh rupees has also been imposed.  Security agencies are keeping a close watch in the Kashmir Valley to avoid any untoward incident.  Special judge Praveen Singh had on May 19 convicted Yasin of all charges under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).  Due to the hearing of Yasin Malik's case, security arrangements are tight outside the Patiala House Court.
When the trial began, the NIA demanded capital punishment for the guilty Malik.  To which Yasin said that "I leave the decision to the discretion of the court, I will not beg anyone.  I will accept the hanging.  If the investigating agencies prove that I have been involved in terrorist activities, then I will retire from politics.  I have worked with seven prime ministers."Hearing the last arguments of all the parties, the court had reserved the decision in this matter till 3.30 pm.  It also directed the officials of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to assess Malik's financial position so that the amount of the fine could be determined.Yasin had told the court on May 10 that he would no longer face the terror act, terror funding, terrorist acts, sedition, cheating cases against him.  The court formally framed charges against 20 Kashmiri separatist leaders including Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate, Shabir Shah, Masarat Alam, Mohammad Yusuf Shah, Aftab Ahmed Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Naeem Khan, Mohammad Akbar Khande, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal  were.

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