Low Conviction Rate In Militancy Cases
2 September 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Only 13 people have been convicted in militancy-related cases in the State during the past two years.Official sources revealed that out of 4572 such cases registered during the past two years, 1535 charge- sheet has been filed. However, only 13 could be convicted. The reasons for less conviction in militancy-related cases were manifold. In most cases, witnesses turn hostile or do not attend courts for their disposition, they added. Non-production of seized arms and ammunition for their identification, non-appearance of prosecution, witness and civilians turning hostile in courts were the other reasons for much low conviction rate in such cases in the State. Also, the official sources said that a total of 280 foreigners, including Bangladeshi nationals, were apprehended in the State during the past two years. To check the menace, they said strict vigil has been maintained on the borders with fencing being one of the effective measures.