Srinagar: Three-months after Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police filed a charge sheet against notorious government-sponsored militiaman Ghulam Rasool Sheikh alias Mum Ikhwani in a Ganderbal court, the investigating agency has issued a lookout notice for him in a case of custodial murder.
Sheikh, a resident of Checki Sehpora Ganderbal, along with two army officers—Major Sunny Kurian, now a Colonel, and Major MR Nunia- then officiating adjutant of 5 Rashtriya Rifles camped at Duderhama, Ganderbal—have been accused of killing Mohammad Sultan Bhat in the year 1999.
On Thursday, the Crime Branch through a look out notice asked people to assist the investigating agency in apprehending Sheikh.
According to the notice, the Sessions Judge Ganderbal has issued arrest warrant against the accused for “absconding and evading arrest”.
“Any information about the absconding accused can be shared with crime branch Kashmir and the information provider will be awarded suitably,” said the notice issued by the Senior Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch, Kashmir.
In a compliance report submitted before the High Court on December 29, 2015, the Crime Branch had stated that the chargesheet in the case had been presented before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ganderbal, on December 18 last year.
SSP Crime Branch Aftab Ahmad said they want to get hold of the absconding Ikhwani so that he can be put to trial.
“He has been absconding for the past 10 years. The notice has been issued to seek his whereabouts,” he said.
The mother of the deceased, Khatija Begum, has requested the court to order police to identify and punish those behind kidnapping and custodial murder of her son. She has also sought the implementation of the recommendations of SHRC directing the government to reopen the case filed under FIR no 158 of 1999 registered in Police Station Ganderbal.
The Rights body had recommended reinvestigation into the matter while directing government to pay ex-gratia relief of Rs 1 lakh to the affected family. However, the government had not implemented the recommendations.
After the police investigation, the family had approached the Director General of Police (DGP) with the request for a fresh investigation into the case. The DGP referred the case to the Crime Branch.
In its report, the Crime Branch had said that Mohammad Sultan was picked up by 5 Rashtriya Rifles stationed at Ganderbal from his residence during the intervening night of September 19/20, 1999. He was later killed.