Court issues warrants against prosecution witnesses
Bandipora: The principal and secessions judge Bandipora on Monday exempted Parihar from appearing in three consecutive hearings because of security concerns. The court also ordered that the case be heard on weekly basis, and issued a non-bailable warrant against prosecution witnesses.
The court has asked SSP Bandipora to execute the warrant against prosecution witnesses.
Parihar, along with eight others, are accused in the fake encounter case of Ghulam Nabi Wani, son of Ghulam Qadir Wani, of Noubugh Kokernag. Wani was allegedly killed at Dudwan village in Ajas area after being picked up from Srinagar by the personnel of the special operations group (SOG) led by SSP Parihar.
The former SSP, who had a non-bailable warrant issued against him in March, appeared in the court on Monday. Public prosecutor, Shafeeq Ahmad Bhat, while arguing the case in March had stated that the absence of the main accused in the case was hampering the proceedings in this case (FIR No. 52/06 in Police Station Sumbal) that invokes sections 120-B RPC, 364, 302, 201, 344 RPC.
Besides Parihar, the then SSP Ganderbal, other accused in the case include his deputy Bahadur Ram, the then ASI Farooq Gudoo, driver Farooq Ahmad Padder, and constable Bhansi Lal. The four accused army personnel include 13 Rashtriya Rifles Colonel Vikram Singh, Major Naveen Yadav, Hawaldar K Mohandas and Naik Manoj Singh.
On February 3, 2007, Wani’s body was exhumed from Lone Mohalla Ajas in Bandipora. A DNA test was conducted on the body which corroborated the evidence gathered by the police that the person exhumed was the street vendor from Noubugh Anantnag and not that of a foreign militant.
Before his killing, police sources say that Wani was kept in SOG camp at Sumbal for 12 days. Later a FIR 52/06 was registered in Sumbal police station wherein he was branded as a foreign militant killed in an encounter. In its FIR, the SOG had also claimed the recovery of some arms and ammunition.