More than four years after an explosion killed one and injured half a dozen others on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur district in May 2010, the Principal District and Session Judge R S Jain has held a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Abdul Majid guilty of conspiring to strike terror resulting in civilian casualties and damage to public property.
Abdul Majid of Thanamandi area in border Rajouri district along with another Lashkar terrorist Ghulam Sarwar was charged with making an attempt on the life of a senior Army officer Major General D S Pathania by engineering a car bomb explosion on the national highway near Birma Pul in Udhampur district. While Major General Pathania, whose cavalcade happened to pass from there, had a narrow escape, one civilian was killed and nearly half a dozen injured in the explosion.
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While Abdul Majid was arrested after some days, Sarwar was still absconding. The court has already initiated proceedings under section 512 CrPC against him.
After hearing counsels from both the prosecution and the defence counsels, judge convicted Majid holding that “the prosecution has succeeded in establishing criminal conspiracy between him and Sarwar for striking terror to endanger lives of security forces and civilians”. The court fixed September 3 for arguments on deciding the quantum of sentence to him.
On May 2, 2011 morning, Ghulam Sarwar had parked an explosive-laden Maruti car near Birma Pul and exploded it through a remote control device. The explosion had come at a time when news of Osama bin Laden’s assassination by US troops at Abbottabad in Pakistan broke.