By NUSRAT SIDIQ
SRINAGAR: Hearing the 2013 murder case of Shahnawaz Ahmed Dar, the Principal District and Session Judge Srinagar Rashid Ali Dar directed the recording of statement of the accused on the next hearing on March 7. The court also heard the arguments in the case, and evidence was closed. So far, 19 witnesses have been produced before the court. The two accused Mohammad Amin Naik and Dar’s wife, Shakeela, were also present in the court. The court directed that on next date of hearing, the statements of accused be recorded under section 342 of CrPc.
Dar’s body was fished out from Jehlum on 3rd October 2013, four days after he went missing from the house of his in-laws at Qamarwari after going for night prayers.
A resident of Chewa Village of Budgam, Dar was staying with his in-laws. Police investigations concluded that Dar had been pushed into the river by Naik, a resident of Kulgam district and Imam at local mosque at Qamarwari, who allegedly had developed relations with Dar’s wife. Dar had been visiting Naik seeking counseling from him in resolving disputes with his wife.
As per post mortem report, Shahnawaz died of drowning. An FIR no.304 of 2013 under section302, 34 RPC was lodged at the Qamarwari police station. The initial investigation carried out by the police recovered the ID-Card of Naik. The items were recovered from the pheran (winter cloak) Dar was wearing. Naik was put to questioning during which he reportedly confessed that he had ‘illict relations’ with the deceased wife and both subsequently planned Dar’s murder.
According to police investigation, on 29th September 2013, Dar had gone to Naik seeking help in mending his relations with his wife. On the pretext of performing a sacred ritual, Naik told him to go to Jhelum at cement Kadal Bridge. When Dar reached there, Naik pushed Dar into the Jehlum River.
Dar was married to Shakeela in 2012, a marriage of 13 months where they have no children.