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.
NC-PDP responsible for culture of impunity, lack of accountability in Kashmir: Sajad
Srinagar, March 20: Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone Wednesday while expressing grief on the killing of Rizwan Pandith in police custody blamed lack of accountability patronized by two traditional parties to safeguard their own interests.
The killing of a school teacher in police custody is unacceptable in a democratic setup and must be condemned in strongest of terms. It is imperative for the Governor administration to conduct a fair and transparent inquiry into the reasons that led to this unfortunate incident and punish those involved. For people to be able to have belief in the system, justice must not only be done but seen to be done as well”, he said while condemning the killing.
Sajad said that the culture of impunity and lack of accountability started by two traditional political parties and their failure to hold erring police officers in the past accountable has led to normalization of excesses.
“The failure of NC & PDP to hold culprits to account is partly responsible for the death of Rizwan Asad Pandit. This culture of immunity and impunity has to end for people to have any trust in the system. The judicial inquiry ordered in this incident has to be time bound and reach its final conclusion because the way these two parties have used judicial probes to cool down tempers and buy time.”, he added.
Sajad said that NC’s opportunistic politics and the party’s insatiable thirst for power at any cost have been borne by the people of Kashmir over the past many decades.
“The election of 1987, which was rigged to impose NC on the people of Kashmir, was a collective murder that has spread over three bloody decades and cost us nearly one lakh innocent lives till now. It pushed the youth away from the mainstream and forced them to pick up the gun. NC’s thirst for power in 1987 & 1996 elections threw the State into the throes of turmoil and suffering”, he added.
Death of Rizwan in custody is ‘State sponsored act of terror’: KCC&I prez
Srinagar, March 20: Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad, President of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCC&I) Wednesday termed the death of Rizwan Pandith of Awantipora in police custody and the subsequent conduct of the State to be a ‘State sponsored act of terror’.
Sheikh Ashiq as per a statement issued to media said, “Under the garb of fighting terror, the State seems to have declared a war on the civilian population. Repeated provocations, brutalization and killings of unarmed civilian population suggests that decisions have been taken to push Kashmir Valley into a situation of chaos and anarchy. Security agencies have been given a free hand to commit atrocities of the worst kind without any accountability.”
“No effective action has been taken to punish the killers. The responsibility of the State to protect lives of its citizens stands violated. The State has so far chosen to look the other way and only announced a magisterial enquiry. Till the time the enquiry is completed, the killers would be free to roam and commit more atrocities in the society. The infructuous results of earlier enquiries evoke little hope of justice being provided to the victims,” he said.
Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad stated that the stakeholders of different political ideologies needed to not only condemn but also take responsibility for a joint response in this regard.
“Murder of unarmed civilians cannot be business as usual. The business community would be looking forward to a united effort from the society for ensuring that the course of justice is not impeded and guilty pay for shedding innocent blood,” he added.
Police arrests thief at SKIMS Soura, stolen items recovered
Srinagar, March 20: Police on Wednesday arrested a thief involved in theft of mobile phones at SKIMS Soura and recovered the stolen items from his possession.
The spokesman said that police station Soura had received multiple complaints regarding the theft of mobile phones in SKIMS Soura.
Accordingly, a case FIR No. 10/2019 under relevant sections of law was registered and investigation was set into motion.
During the course of investigation, a police team arrested a suspect based on human and technical inputs. The individual identified as Aijaz Ahamd Dar, son of Ghulam Mohammad Dar, a resident of Haigam Sopore, presently residing at Waheedpora Ganderbal, confessed his involvement in the theft cases. He further revealed that he used to target patients/attendants waiting in the queues for obtaining OPD tickets and other reports near the collection centers.
Police recovered 19 stolen mobiles phones from his possession and further investigation is going on.
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