Reckless probe leads to acquittal of 2 militants

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 17: Principal Sessions Judge Ramban, M A Chowdhary has acquitted two alleged militants in the double murder case as the entire case was investigated recklessly by the investigating agency.
According to the police case, on June 11, 2007 some unknown militants armed with weapons intruded into house of one Mohd Saleem, son of Abdul Rashid Bhat of Moila and fired indiscriminately resulting into the death of Mohd Saleem and serious injuries to his wife Tarmeem Begum, who later died in the hospital.
Accordingly, a case was registered at Gool Police Station and during the course of investigation, both the militants involved in the crime were arrested. After completion of the investigation challan was produced in the court of law against Mumtaz Ahmad code Asif Commando, son of Haleem Gujjar of Hara and Manzoor Ahmad Code Furqan, son of Ghulam Mohd Naik of Dalwa Gool.
After hearing both the sides, Principal Sessions Judge observed, “Head Constables Gh Hassan Bhat and Wazir Mohd are the two IOs of the case who have not deposed anything about the recording of the statement of Tarmeema Begum before her death”, adding “the prosecution has not placed on record any such dying declaration along with the chargesheet as the entire case has been investigated recklessly”.
“This is how a case of double murder has been dealt with by irresponsible and incompetent police officers. There is no evidence with regard to the identity of the accused having been involved in the commission of offence. There is no clinching direct or circumstantial evidence to connect the accused with the commission of the offences for recording of their conviction”, the court said and held that prosecution has miserably failed to bring home the charge against the accused.
Accordingly, both the accused were acquitted.