In 11th year of trial, court issues final call for witnesses
SRINAGAR: A court in Srinagar on Thursday issued a final warning to the public prosecutor to produce at least four witnesses on June 3, the next date of hearing, to culminate evidence in the murder case of a contractor, Ali Muhammad Mir, allegedly killed by Papa Kishtwari and his associates during the 1996 parliamentary elections. The body of the deceased has not been recovered in all these years.
The 4th additional sessions court while hearing arguments from public prosecutor Sabina Naveed remarked that already the prosecution has taken a lot of time to bring witnesses before court. The case is in its 11th year and still the prosecution has not been able to complete evidence in the case, the court said, and warned the public prosecutor to bring at least four witnesses on next date of hearing or the court will culminate evidence in the case. The prosecution has listed 39 witnesses, of which 31 have been examined. Mir, who lived in Srinagar’s Nishat area, was allegedly abducted in 1996 by Kishtwari and his four associates and subsequently killed. The case dairy states that two among the associates are now dead and one, Mohammad Maqbool, is absconding. The other two, including Kishtwari, are in Central Jail Srinagar.
In 1996, a missing report was lodged at Nishat police station by family members of Mir. In 2007, police stated that Kishtwari and his associates killed Mir and a charge-sheet was produced before the court. Police have, however, failed to locate Mir’s body and also failed to locate the absconding Maqbool.