Death due to overdose of drugs turns out to be murder; friends of deceased booked

Excelsior Correspondent
RAJOURI, Aug 24: Rajouri Police has booked five youth for allegedly murdering their friend by drug overdose over some monetary issue.
According to SSP Rajouri, Yougal Manhas, the accused, identified as Irfan Khan, Ajaz Ahmed, Raja Arshad Mehmood, Aziz ul Rehman, all residents of Kalali village, and Rohit Sharma of Goladh, Mendhar, have confessed to their crime and have been sent to judicial custody in the District Jail.
The deceased, Mohammad Mukhtar son of Sher Dil of Galuthi Manjakote was admitted to a local hospital on June 29 in a critical condition with initial suspicion that he had consumed something poisonous in nature.  On the same day, he was referred to Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu, where he died. Inquest proceedings under CrPC 174 were started at Manjakote Police Station and post mortem of the body was conducted.
The SSP said that a special team was constituted, which conducted an in depth investigation during which it came to fore that the deceased was a drug addict. “During investigation, some friends of the deceased were zeroed in and their activities were closely monitored after which four among them were detained and put to sustained questioning. They confessed to their involvement in crime and on their disclosure one more of his friend was detained,” Manhas added. The investigation revealed that the accused conspired to murder Mukhtar on the basis of the enmity developed due to some money transaction issues between them. They induced the victim with an drug overdose, resulting in his death, the SSP said adding that on the basis of investigations, the inquest proceedings were converted into a criminal case registered under various sections of the Ranbir Penal Code and the NDPS Act.
“We have completed investigation of the case in less than two months of the crime and filed the chargesheet in the court of law with charges of murder standing established against all the five person,” said the SSP.