SRINAGAR: A court in Srinagar on Friday directed the Station House Officer (SHO) of Ram Munshi Bagh to produce witnesses in the fake currency case of 2012, failing which strict measures will be taken against the officer.
Out of 46 witnesses, only four witnesses have been examined till now in the case, the 2nd additional sessions court observed. The fake currency case pertains to FIR No 112/2012 against four persons – Shabir Ahmed Bhat, Kashif Rashid Bhat, Noor Mohammad Zargar and Tariq Ahmed Naik – from Tral booked under sections 429-B, 109, 120-B, and 506 RPC at Ram Munshi Bagh Police Station.
The court set the next hearing for the culmination of the evidence as the trial of the case was severely suffering. It remarked that producing witnesses in the court was the duty of the SHO and observed in its order that strict action against the officer will be taken if the officer did not follow his duty.
The case came to light after a complaint by Shabir Ahmed Andrabi, a bank manager at State Bank of India’s Tral Branch, told police that some unknown persons barged into his house at Srinagar on 12 August 2012 and asked him at gun point to change fake Indian currency notes of Rs 2 lacs. They persons, who identified themselves as ‘mujahids’, allegedly threatening to kill the manager’s family unless he changed the currency. The group left the fake currency at Andrabi’s house and took off in a vehicle bearing registration no JKO3C-0946.
Police later traced the vehicle in Gulmarg from the property of Imtiyaz Ahmed Lone and arrested the four accused from Tral. A charge sheet was produced before the court against the accused in 2012. Police investigation shows that the four were not related to any militant outfit.
However, prosecution has pleaded before court that the case is weakening because police is not cooperating in producing witnesses in the court.