STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: First Additional Sessions Judge Jammu Mohd Akram Chowdhary on Thursday awarded rigorous life-imprisonment to two real brothers namely Tirath Ram and Bali Ram who were involved in murder case over a dispute of land. Prosecution case against the aforementioned convicts was that on 4th October, 1996 at about 9:00 AM, they were raising construction /repairs of their house which they had already constructed forcibly on a disputed piece of land measuring five Marlas at Gangoo Chak, Tehsil Jammu, claimed to have been purchased by the complainant Bua Ditta from one Chuni Lal brother of the accused Des Raj. Accused, however, were alleged to have forcibly occupied the said land and the complainant filed a civil suit against the accused which was subjudice in the court of Sub-Judge Jammu. The complainant alongwith his son Shiv Kumar and daughter Shakti Devi went to the place of occurrence and protested/ objected to the ongoing construction work; that accused hurled abuses and thereafter went inside their house and came back armed with weapons, Tirath Ram with his service pistol and Des Raj (now dead) and Bali Ram with ‘ Kehies’ attacked them causing multiple grievous injuries to the complainant Bua Ditta, as well as his son and daughter, due to which his son namely Shiv Kumar succumbed to injuries in GMC Hospital on the same day. On the basis of preliminary statement of Bua Ditta, a case was registered vide FIR 131/96 at Police Station Kahna Chak against the accused for the commission of offences punishable under sections 302/307/34 RPC and 4/25 Arms Act. Des Raj had died during trial, as such, prosecution against him was abated. Accused Tirath Ram and Bali Ram were convicted by this court vide judgment dated April 19, 2017 for the commission of offences punishable under sections 302/307/34 RPC and section 30 of Arms Act. 1st Additional Sessions Judge Jammu Mohd Akram Chowdhary after hearing APP Ajay Singh Manhas appearing for the State observed that convicts Tirath Ram and Bali Ram both are, therefore, sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment and fine of Rs. 10,000 for the commission of offence under section 302 RPC and to rigorous imprisonment for ten years and fine of Rs. 10,000 for the commission of offence punishable under section 307 RPC. Accused Tirath Ram is also sentenced to undergo a simple imprisonment for six months for the commission of offence punishable under section 30 Arms Act. All the substantive sentences of the imprisonment shall run concurrently.
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