By Nusrat Sidiq
SRINAGAR: A trial court in Srinagar recorded arguments in the murder case of a teenage girl who was mowed down by a speeding car in uptown Srinagar nine years ago. The court is likely to award verdict in the case soon even as one of the accused is in jail for the past nine years.
The court of principal district and session judge recorded arguments in the case of murder of 17-year-old schoolgirl Romana Javed. Shoaib Daryel, a resident of Nowhatta, who is the main accused in the case, was produced before the court. He is lodged in central jail Srinagar since his arrest. The next hearing of the case would take place on March 7.
The other accused in the case Ubaid Ahmed Khan is out of jail on bail and has been exempted from personal appearance in the court.
On May 3, 2009, Romana, daughter of Dr Javed Shabnum of Bagh-i-Mehtab was crushed to death by a speeding car driven by the accused duo at Parraypora locality. She was studying at a tuition center in the area when the homicide took place.
During investigations into the case, police arrested two teenagers in the case and also seized the Alto-car used in the crime. The accused were charged for murder under section 302, 294, 201 and 34 of RPC and the charges were framed against them on March 13, 2010.
A year after Romana’s death, Omar Bhat a key witness deposed before the court that the two boys hit her (Romana) and fled away from the spot.
Omar had further deposed that on the fateful day a car with two persons on board hit the girl. “I was just few yards away when a black Alto car with two youth on board hit the girl. Instead, of rushing the injured Romana to hospital, the duo accelerated their car and fled away from the spot,” Omar told the court. He took the injured girl to Barzulla hospital in an auto-rickshaw.