Srinagar, July 05 (KMS): The Supreme Court of India has stayed the execution of death sentence of an Ikhwani (government gunman) who was awarded lifer by a court of occupied Kashmir for murdering five persons, including four of a family, in north Kashmir in 1997.A Division Bench of the apex court comprising Justices Dipak Misra and V Gopala Gowda stayed the death sentence of Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Wani.
According to the case details, Wani, who was working with Indian army, had barged into the house of Mohammad Yousuf Ganai at village Vilkal in Kupwara on March 16, 1997, and opened indiscriminate fire on the inmates. Yousuf Ganai, his wife and two children were killed in the firing. Wani had then barged into another house in the neighbourhood and shot dead a policeman, Mohammad Ishaq. He was convicted by the Kupwara Sessions Court in August 2009 and sentenced to death.
Subsequently, he had filed an appeal against the judgment before the High Court of occupied Kashmir that had upheld the verdict of Kupwara Sessions Court. Later, he had moved the Indian Supreme Court against it.
Source: http://www.kmsnews.org/news/2014/07/05/indian-sc-stays-killer-ikhwanis-execution.html [last accessed 06.02.2015]