Budgam: The principal district and session judge here on Monday gave the police 10 days to wind up investigation in the Peer Bagh murder case of engineering student Owais Bashir Malik, whose body was found near a railway track at Humhama in January. The judge directed the additional superintendent of police Budgam, Pamarvir Singh, “to complete the investigation in the stipulated time directed by the court, and if they failed to do so, the case will proceed and the decision will be passed.”
The senior superintendent of police (SSP), Budgam, had moved an application before the court to defer the proceedings until the police completed investigation and to hold the decision on the application filed by the counsels representing the case of three accused railway constables for separate trial in the case. But the counsels representing the accused successfully argued that this was “a deliberate attempt to delay the proceedings of the case.”
Mushtaq Ahmad, counsel for the main accused, Ishaan Majeed, said in the court, “The investigation team has been constituted by the SSP on 11th of May. Twenty days have passed and what have they investigated in these days? How long will they take to investigate it further?”
Arguing further, Mushtaq Ahmad said, “Such cases need day to day hearing, but the police is trying to delay the court proceedings. If it will take them another eight months to complete the proceedings, does that mean we have to stop working all these months and wait for their investigation? They should complete the investigation according to the time frame given by the court.”
Advocate Manan shah, one of the counsels for the three accused railway constables, said, “Let them take a year more in investigating the case, but that doesn’t mean that the accused who are yet to be tried will remain behind bars. Release them on bail if the police have to take more time in investigating the case.”
The SSP Budgam had on May 11 constituted a 5-member investigation team headed by additional superintendent of police Paramvir Singh. The team includes Mohammad Aslam, Deputy SP Headquarters, Budgam, Syed Fayaz Ahmad, SDPO, Magam, who was earlier the investigation officer of this case, Amjad Ali, duty officer police post Humhama, and Ghulam Nabi, head constable, Magam, who was also part of the earlier investigative team.
Magam station police officer Nissar Ahmad was dropped from the investigation team.
The body of Owais was found on January 14, five days after which, on January 19, the DIG police held a press conference to announce that the case had been solved and four persons – three railway constables and the main accused Ishaan Majeed – arrested for the murder.