By Mohammad Amin
Kupwara: Relatives of father and son, who were murdered in Kupwara in June last year following a land dispute on Friday expressed apprehension that five accused women released on bail recently may harm them and temper with the evidence.
Sessions court Kupwara Tuesday released Gulshana Bano, Kulsooma Bano, Mugli Begum, Jameela Bano, and Rafiq Begum, all residents of Hayhama Cheepora Bala village in Kupwara district on bail. The accused remained in jail under sections 302, 452, 149, 354 (outraging modesty of woman), 323 RPC, for their alleged involvement in murders of Nasrullah Khan, 70, and his son Mohammad Akbar Khan, 55, Cheepora Bala village residents.
A land dispute between the victim family and their relatives some of them living under same roof had led to murder of father and son in the village.
“Considering the fact that the accused are in custody for the last more than one year and the investigation of the case is already complete while the trial is going on. The fact the accused belong to one family and taking into consideration the facts and circumstances of the case into its totality and also keeping into consideration the proviso top section 497 CRPC, I deem it proper to exercise discretion of bail in favour of only woman accused persons,” reads the bail order by Mohammad Ibrahim Wani, sessions judge Kupwara.
The court asked the accused to furnish a bail bond of Rs 50000 each and personal bonds in the like amount. It also asked them not to temper with the prosecution evidence and not leave the territorial limits of the state without prior permission of the court.
At least ten accused persons including five women were booked on charges of murder in June last year. Out of 23 witnesses only three have recorded their statements before the court to date. “Since the accused women released on bail are living in the same house where we live, we fear they may harm us and influence the witnesses living in the same village. We have been passing sleepless nights since the day they were released. We appeal court to cancel their bail and put them behind the bars at least till the prosecution records statements of all the witnesses in the murder case,” said Zahida Parveen 26, daughter of murdered Akbar Khan.
Akbar Khan is survived by six daughters and a 13-year-old son.
“I am hopeful that the guilty will be given exemplary punishment and court will re-look into bail issued by it recently and deliver justice,” said Muzzafar Ahmad, class VII student and son of late Akbar Khan.