Srinagar: A court in Srinagar on Monday directed that charges be framed on June 14 against accused Sheeraz Ahmed Alai of Budgam, who allegedly strangled a lady to death and fled with her gold ornaments.
Defense counsel Yawar Ahmed has, however, asked court to let him argue charges of offence against two jewellers, Ashiq Hussain Ganaie and Mohammad Amin Zargar, who had purchased gold ornaments from the main accused.
All three accused were brought before court. The two jewellers are out on bail.
Neelofar Jan, wife of a bank employee posted in Kupwara, was found murdered at her house in Botakadal locality of Lalbazar in the outskirts of Srinagar on January 19. After initial investigations, police arrested Budgam resident Sheeraz Ahmad Alai, who later confessed to his involvement in the murder.
Two jewellers have also been booked in the case as the accused sold them the ornaments he looted from the house against an amount of Rs 79,000. An FIR, no. 01/2017 U/S 302, 454, 380 RPC, was registered at police station Lal Bazar in this connection.
As per the case diary, accused Alai, 27, of Moucha Budgam has confessed before that he visited the deceased’s home on January 19 when he had a heated argument with the lady. A scuffle broke out between the two and he strangled her before taking away all her jewellery. After committing the crime, police said, Alai disposed of some of the jewellery in Chadoora and proceeded to Jammu. He disposed of the rest of the jewellery on his return. In return, the two jewellers paid him in two cheques worth Rs 79,000, which he later encashed. On his instance, the jewellery was recovered, and he was formally arrested.
The accused confessed that he knew the deceased lady as they had been in a long-term relationship and he would often visit her house at Botakadal. The lady was married to a bank employee posted at Kupwara, who mostly remained at his place of posting.