2009 Asrar murder case: Court issues warrant against investigating officer

SRINAGAR: A local court here on Thursday issued warrant to the investigation officer (IO) in Asrar Mushtaq Dar murder case.
The court of Principal District and Sessions Judge, Srinagar, Rashid Ali Dar, issued the warrant to secure IO’s presence on next date of proceedings in the case on May 31, advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, representing the accused, told Kashmir Reader.
The IO, advocate Mushtaq said, has not appeared on a number of proceedings, prompting issuance of the warrant against him by the court.
Asrar had gone missing from his residence at Maisuma here on July 3, 2009, and his body was found four days later at Mallakhah road near Kathidarwaza here.
Subsequently, police registered a case (FIR No. 54/2009 U/S 302 RPC) in police station Rainawari and arrested two of his friends, Imran Aslam Baba (in early twenties) and Asim Ali Vaida.
According to police, online chat was the genesis of the murder as Baba was jealous of Asrar’s friendship with a Delhi girl on social networking site Orkut.
On July 3, 2009, police said, Dar invited Baba to his residence at Illahi-Bagh on the outskirts of Srinagar and, in conspiracy with Vaida, smashed his head with an iron rod. Later, they threw the body at Malakhah.
Asrar’s murder had sparked massive protests and shutdown in Maisuma for three days before police cracked the case, claiming involvement of the duo.