DERA GHAZI KHAN: A court awarded death sentence to three accused in a triple murder case on Tuesday. The judgment was announced by District and Session Judge Shahbaz Ahmed.
The prosecution told the court that accused Muhammad Siddiq, Hussain and Gul Muhammad had gunned down three brothers namely Sajid, Shafi and Muhammad Bakhsh a few years ago in order to take revenge of an old dispute that was running between them. However, the police arrested them and registered an FIR no 14/54 against them.
The police produced the accused before the court where they were found guilty of the murder. After hearing witnesses and analysing the evidence, the court awarded death sentence to the three accused. The court also imposed a fine of Rs1.5 million that would be paid to the heirs of the victims. The judge also announced that in case the accused failed to pay the compensation amount, they would have to undergo an additional one year imprisonment.
The accused had been shifted to Central Jail, Dera Ghazi Khan.
Earlier, a district and sessions court in Dera Ghazi Khan sentenced a man to death after he was found guilty of killing a man over a land dispute. A co-accused in the case was declared a proclaimed offender.
According to the prosecution, the deceased named Laal Ahmed and accused Jalil Ahmed and Muhammad Tariq had a land dispute for a long time. One day, Laal was going back home from work when Jalil and Tariq ambushed him and shot him dead. Later, Saddar police registered a murder case against the suspects and arrested Jalil while Tariq managed to flee.
While announcing the verdict, District and Sessions Judge Malik Khalid Mehmood ordered the convict to pay a fine of Rs500,000 to the heirs of the deceased.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd, 2017.