13 months on, murder accused escaped from police custody still at large

Srinagar: Even after the expiry of 13 months, Police have failed to nab the murder convict who escaped from SMHS Hospital Srinagar in June last year, where he was brought for a medical check-up under police custody.

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 the past 13 months, the murder accused is roaming free. On the directions of Principal Sessions Judge, Police in August this year 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 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.

Enroute, 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 Director General of Police Jammu and Kashmir, Dr SP Vaid 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 said 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.


(With inputs from CNS)

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