Saturday, September 5, 2009

Territorial army held responsible for killing a girl at Kupwara

Courtesy: Daily Rising Kashmir dt September 6th, 2009 by Shahjehan Afzal
Kupwara, Sep 05: Holding Territorial Army man responsible for killing a girl at Dolipora Trehgam, police Saturday filed a charge sheet against the trooper in a local court. The girl identified Amina Masoodi, a BA final year student was found dead in mysterious circumstances inside her house during the night intervening July 08 and 09 this year. The incident evoked massive protest demonstrations with the locals and family members of the victim accusing Territorial Army trooper Ashiq Hussain of being involved in the incident. Police lodged an FIR no. 49/2009 under section 302,456,12B RPC and arrested the accused 160 TA trooper.“During the course of investigation, police questioned the eyewitnesses which confirmed the presence of accused Ashiq Hussain Peer in the house of the complainant during the intervening night 8/9 July. It was also confirmed that he was absent from the Army camp of 160 TA Bn during the said night,” SSP Kupwara He said police also recovered two cell phones bearing numbers 9797990180 and 9797226180 in the instant case. “The SMSs found in the “Inbox” of cell No. 9797226180 send from cell No 9797990180 further confirmed the presence of accused at the crime scene”.“After thorough investigation and considering all the evidences - Oral, documentary and circumstantial - offence under section 302, 458 RPC were made out against Ashiq Hussain Peer son of Noor-ud-Din Peer resident of Herri Payeen Kupwara of 160 Territorial Army and charge sheet was produced against the accused in the court of law,” said SSP Kuwpara, adding “Amina died because of Asphyxia and no symptoms of rape were found as per the FSL report”.
The police officer, however, ruled out the hand of army as an institution in the case. “The investigations revealed that army as an institution was not involved in the case as alleged,” he said.
The Inquiry Officer Shabir Ahmad Shah, who conducted the inquiry in record time and presented the challan and is presently posted as DSP (Hqrs) Shopian told Rising Kashmir: “We have got enough evidence to prove the TA trooper was guilty of the crime. Although he refuted his presence at the crime scene, but a mobile phone recovered at the scene of crime and some of the message exchanged between the victim and the accused established his presence. Besides, his scanned Identity Card, which was recovered from the spot also helped in establishing his presence at the crime scene. Some of the eyewitnesses had also seen him at the place where the girl was killed.”

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