Court irked at police failure to produce witnesses in 2014 abetment of suicide case

Court irked at police failure to produce witnesses in 2014 abetment of suicide case

SRINAGAR: A trial court in Srinagar on Saturday directed SHO Ram Munshi Bagh to produce witnesses in an abetment of suicide case of Dr Rubeena, who allegedly poisoned herself way back in 2004 after a scuffle with his husband.
The court also passed directions to Additional public prosecutor Jahanara Shah “to cause the presence” of SHO and Taamili (processor) before court on 27 September.
The third additional session judge, Mehmood Choudhary, remarked that since 2004, this case was in the court and prosecution is yet to culminate the evidence, so direction is passed to SHO and public prosecutor to bring witnesses forthwith on the next date of hearing.
In this case, out of 24 witnesses, 16 have been recorded.
The case diary pertains to 5 September 2004 when Mohammad Shafi Bhat informed police that the door to the home of Dr Rubeena had been locked for a few days, which raised suspension and made them to report the matter to police.
Dr Rubina lived in a house rented from Bhat’s daughter, Sabia Firdous, at Indra Nagar, along with her husband Dr Kumail Murtaza and their two kids. The complainant stated that the couple had a heated argument and the husband had left with his two kids to an unknown destination.
Police later recovered Dr Rubeena’s body lying on bed with a “bluish liquid” oozing from her mouth and nose. Investigation found that she consumed some poisonous substance which caused her death. Police also found a half filled bottle of the “bluish liquid” in the bedroom and a mug with residue of the poison. A syringe was also found. The body of the deceased had been lying on the bed for five days when police broke the front door to gain access to the house.
The body was then brought for post mortem where it was cleared that she had died of the same poison found in the bedroom. Police produced challan against Dr Kumail Murtaza. He, however, stated to the police that he had already divorced his wife and had no knowledge of her death.

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