HC directs police to trace kidnapped wife of Kathua man

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Inspector General of Police Jammu to trace within four weeks the wife of a man from Kathua district who was allegedly kidnapped in August last year.
“It pains me to notice that no effective progress has been made in the case and investigation appears to be heading at snail’s pace, if at all it is moving,” a bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey said while hearing a petition filed by one Mujaiser Ahmad Khan of Kathua.
“In the circumstance one more chance is afforded to the Police to ensure whereabouts of the wife of the petitioner. The needful shall be done within four weeks failing which IGP shall remain present in person on next date of hearing to explain the reasons for failure in tracing out the wife of the petitioner,” the court directed, underlining that the state was constitutionally bound to protect the life and property of its subjects.
On last date of hearing, the court had directed the IGP to file affidavit, indicating steps taken for ensuring whereabouts of Khan’s wife.
In response, the IGP said that stated that a case (FIR 39/2013) was registered on August 19 last year following a complaint filed on behalf of Khan that he along with his wife had gone to her parental house in Kuthua on the eve of Eid.
“On their return at BC road Jammu, Gurmeet Singh and Karan Singh of Badla Kathua kidnapped (Khan’s wife) and snactched her bag with Golden ornaments worth Rs 2 lakhs besides a cell phone.”
The IGP said that the investigation was entrusted to SHO Satvidenr Singh and despite taking “effective steps” her whereabouts as on date are not known.