Srinagar (Agencies): Two policemen were acquitted by a sessions court in the murder case of then Jammu and Kashmir minister Mushtaq Ahmad Lone and his brother due to lack of evidence.

"The prosecution has failed to prove the charges against the accused," the court said in its order while acquitting the two policemen.

The Sessions court in Kupwara district in North Kashmir delivered the verdict last week.

Lone was killed by militants while he was addressing an election rally at Tekipora in Kupwara, 100 kms from here, on September 11, 2002.

Two of his security guards were also killed in the militant attack.

Two months later, Lone's brother Ghulam Mohiuddin was also killed by the militants.

Police had arrested two policemen on charges of hatching a criminal conspiracy with Lashkar-e-Toiba militants to kill the minister and his brother.

Assistant sub-inspector Ghulam Rasool Wani and selection grade constable Abdul Ahad Rather were arrested in June 2003.

They were charged in several other cases including a suicide attack carried out by a Pakistani militant near the SBI Branch in Kupwara.

The duo was acquitted by the court in that case also.