Srinagar, Oct 30: Jammu Kashmir Police till date have miserably failed to nab a murder convict who escaped from SMHS Hospital Srinagar in June 2016, where he was brought for a medical check-up under police custody. The police investigating team even failed to fix the responsibility for the lapse even after the expiry of over two-years, it has not initiated any action against the guilty cops.
Nazar Muhammad Dar, son of Ghulam Mohiuddin Dar, a resident of Rakhshalina Budgam was convicted in a case, under FIR number 169/2011 under section 302, 364, 387, 120 RPC (registered at Pampore police station). He was brought to SMHS Hospital for a medical checkup from Central Jail. The convict went to the toilet and never returned.
From last two years, the murder accused is roaming free and if sources are to be believed, he escaped with the possible help of some cops and doctors. On the directions of Principal Sessions Judge, Police had issued a lookout notice in this regard and case vide FIR number 12/2016 under section 224 RPC stands registered at Police Station Karan Nagar.
The police had arrested the accused and his associates for murdering an under-graduate student Kaleem Qadri of Gousia Colony, Pampore.
According to the police report in October 2011, one Javaid Ahmad Qadri son of Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din resident of Gousia Colony, Pampore lodged a missing report of his son Kaleem Qadri in Police Station Pampore. The search for the missing youth was started during which it transpired that he has traveled towards Srinagar in his Car, Ford Figo (JK01Q-1711) after dropping his father at Frestabal.
At about 10:30 pm, father of the missing youth informed the Police Station that he received a phone call from the mobile number of his son and the caller identified himself as kidnapper belonging to militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit and threatened him not to inform the Police. The kidnapper demanded a ransom of rupees one crore for the release of his son.
During the investigation of the case, the suspicion went towards one Nazar Muhammad Dar son of Late Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Dar resident of Rakh Shalina Nowgam Budgam who was last seen with the missing youth in the car.
A Police party was dispatched to the residence of Nazar Muhammad Dar to call him for questioning.
During sustained questioning, he revealed that he was a close friend of Kaleem Qadri but since past few weeks some strains had developed in their relationship.
Nazar Muhammad Dar developed ill intentions towards the missing youth as he belonged to a well-off family and hatched a conspiracy, along with his brother Younis Ahmad Dar and his friend Javaid Ahmad Bhat, to kidnap Kaleem Qadri and demand ransom from his father.
Acting upon the conspiracy already hatched, the missing youth was lured by Nazar Muhammad Dar to move towards Srinagar where he promised him to sell his iPad against a good amount. On reaching Lasjan bridge, the other two accomplices namely Javaid and Younis also boarded the Car and moved towards Nowgam.
On the way, the deceased Kaleem Qadri was strangulated to death in the vehicle itself by a waist belt which was brought by the accused with them.
Thereafter they moved towards village Wapora of district Budgam and wrapped the dead body in a bed sheet that was already brought by the accused persons along.
The accused put the dead body in the dickey of the vehicle and moved towards Bemina, Shalteng area to kill the time, as the accused were waiting for the darkness to descend, so as to dispose of the dead body at some place, out of the sight of the public.
At about 9:30 PM they brought the body at Sheerbagh Lasjan where it was loaded on a boat and thrown in the middle of the river tying some stones with it. The car of the deceased was taken to Jawahar Nagar and was parked on bandh near Foot Bridge.
Having parked the vehicle, the accused Nazar Muhammad Dar made a phone call to the father of the deceased and told him that the vehicle is parked near the footbridge.
He was also told not to inform Police and demanded one crore ransom money for which a call will be made next morning.
On the instance of the accused Nazar Muhammad Dar, one iPad and a mobile phone BlackBerry of the deceased were recovered from the house of accused.
Those arrested, for murdering Kaleem Qadri, included Nazar Muhammad Dar and Mohammad Younis Dar, sons of Late Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din, resident of Rakh Shalina, Javaid Ahmad Bhat son of Mohammad Ishaq, resident of Rakh Shalina, Tangan and Abid Hussain Bhat, son of Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, resident of Tangan Nowgam.
After the escape of the main accused, the then Director General of Police Jammu and Kashmir, directed DIG South Kashmir to constitute a special team to get the fugitive arrested.
The DGP also directed the police to investigate the role of doctors who frequently used to send the accused for medical check-up at SMHS Hospital. The DGP also directed the police to investigate the role of those policemen who were accompanying the accused.
A police official told the media that they had sent a special team to Punjab after receiving information about the presence of Nazar Dar there. “We are in touch with the police of different states and hopefully, he will be arrested,” he said.
“I want police to nab the culprit without any more delay. He should be brought to justice for murdering my teenager innocent son,” Javaid Qadri, the father of the deceased youth said adding that there are reports that the murder convict has escaped to outside country Iran.
Valley prepares for snow
Srinagar, Jan 18: With the MeT department’s weather advisory predicting moderate to heavy snowfall from January 19 to 23,The Kashmir Monitor spoke with various people at Lal Chowk to find out how Valley is gearing up for the tough week ahead.
“I have stockedup grocery items for a week in my home,” Pedestrian, Basharat Jabeen
Keeping in mind, the work would be slow in next few days, I decided to give off to our employees. For home, I have brought extra groceries and necessary food items for children. Owner, Caliph Restaurant, Mushtaq Ahmad
Apart from grocery items, I brought extra coal and fire wood for heating purposes–Alluchi Bagh resident, Fazal Ahmad
Have covered water pipes and hoses with the wool insulations and plastic to ensure running supply of warm/cold water pedestrian.Besides, I have also purchased extra battery for inverteras there is no guarantee of power supply during snowfall.Aquib from Mazhama
I purchased extra cooking gas cylinder as an alternative, incase of power supply is not restored immediately. Besides, have also purchased some cough syrups and antibiotics. Rasiq Manzoor, Sonwar resident
Brought groceries for a week– Saliq Parvaiz Rangreth resident
Govt keen to tap Ladakh’s immense tourism potential: CS
Leh, Jan 18: Chief Secretary, B.V.R Subramanyam Friday said that Leh district of frontier Ladakh region possesses immense tourism potential and the Governor’s administration is keen to upgrade its tourism-related infrastructure to attract increased tourist footfall to the region.
The CS made these remarks at a meeting with Executive Councillors of LAHDC, Leh headed by Chairman and CEC, JamyangTseringNamgyal here.
Expressing happiness over the increasing trend of tourist inflow to Leh, touching around 3 lakh mark last season with 50,000 foreigners, the Chief Secretary stressed on LAHDC Leh to work out a master plan for guiding tourism sector towards inclusive and sustainable development of the district.
On the occasion, CEC Namgyal thanked Chief Secretary for his intervention in fulfilling long pending demands of Leh district including sanctioning of Cluster University for Ladakh, Khaltse Degree College, filling up of 33 posts of Medical Officers and up-gradation of SNM Hospital from 150 to 300 bed capacity.
A charter of demand and issues were taken up with Chief Secretary by CEC, Deputy Chairman and Executive Councillors, like inclusion of villages along ALC bordering China in Changthang region under reservation policy for recruitment to various posts, grant of 10% SDA in favour of State Government Employees serving in Leh for which the State Government has in principle agreed.
Besides, special consideration for regularization of casual labours of PWD Circle Leh and PDC Leh in view of the peculiar working condition in the District, inclusion of left out villages in BADP schemes, creation of posts in LREDA.
They further sought creation of separate Hydraulic PWD Circle, Leh and three more Hydraulic Special Sub Divisions, creation of 124 posts of Bhoti and Arabic teachers, up-gradation of PHCs of Nyoma and Khaltse to SDH, creation of posts for Nubra Development Authority, PRC signing authority for Khaltsi and Liker Sub Divisions, financial support for organic project of Leh district and release of funds from higher education to EJM College Leh, establishment of Ice Hockey Academy at Leh.
Responding to the demands, the Chief Secretary assured to give due consideration to all the projected demands.
Principal Secretary, Planning & Development RohitKansal, Deputy Chairman Gyal P Wangyal, Executive Councilor for Agriculture, PhuntsogStanzin, Executive Councilor for Health TseringSandup and DC/CEO, LAHDC, Leh AvnyLavasa were also present in the meeting.
Hurriyat (g) protest against prolonged detention of Hurriyat leaders
Srinagar, Jan 18: Hurriyat (g) Conference leaders and activists on Friday held peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers in Hyderpora about the prolonged detention and the “ill-treatment” meted out to Hurriyat leaders especially deteriorating health condition of Hurriyat leader Peer Saifullah in Tihar jail.
In a statement issued to the media, the spokesman said that Hurriyat Conference leaders and activists including Abdul Ahad Parra, Bilal Sidiqui, Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Mohammad Yasin Ataie, Syed Mohammad Shafi, Khawaja Firdous, Mohammad Maqbool Magami, Arshid Aziz, Mubashir Iqbal, Showkat Ahmad Khan, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Rameez Raja, Abdul Hameed Elahi and Abdul Rashid Lone organized a peaceful protest at Hyderpora Srinagar against the inhuman attitude meted out towards the political prisoners in and outside state especially in Tihar Jail.
Hurriyat leaders while condemning the pro-long detention of political prisoners said that suppressing even the pro-freedom voice and curbing their peaceful activities is no bravery but shameful, which government itself is responsible for the consequences.
While demanding the immediate release of all political prisoners including leaders lodged in and outside state particularly in Tihar Jail include Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Asia Indrabi, Nahida Nasreen, Fehmeeda Sofi. Hurriyat leaders said that by pushing people to wall Delhi will achieve nothing; they should face the political leaders and workers on political turf.
Hurriyat Leaders appealed Amnesty International, Asia Watch, and other international organization for human rights to break the silence and take cognizance of the plight of people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and urged to fulfil their obligations in accordance with human rights specified for the political prisoners.
Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyat Conference has strongly condemned the raids on the houses of Muslim League leader Rafiq Ahmad Ganie and political activist Sabzar Ahmad of ArinhalBijbihara and said that Jammu and Kashmir have been turned into a police state, where political leaders and activists are regularly harassed by the men in uniform.