Court seeks call details of acid victim, attackers

Court seeks call details of acid victim, attackers
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By Nusrat Sidiq
Srinagar: A subordinate court sought call details of an acid attack victim and the alleged attacker during 2014 when the sensational incident took place in old Srinagar.
The court directed the prosecution to furnish the call details of the acid victim and the accused attacker Irshad Ahmed Wani from January 2014 to December 2014. The case would be taken up again on April 15, 2017
During the trial, the prosecution witness sub-inspector Mushtaq Ahmed was cross examined by the defense counsel Aijaz Ahmed Khan.
Both the accused Irshad Ahmed Wani and Omar Noor Dar were produced before the court. The duo is lodged at central jail Srinagar for more than 2years.
On December 11, 2014, a 22-year-old girl was grievously injured in the acid attack near Nowshera on the outskirts of Srinagar when she was on her way to a private law college.
For days together attackers remained at large and unidentified, which prompted the Kashmir Bar Association to move to the High Court with a public interest Litigation wherein constitution of a special investigation team was demanded to trace the attackers.
After remaining on the run for nearly two weeks, it was only after the Police arrested the duo Irshad Ahmed Wani alias Sunny, hailing from Wazir Bagh locality of Srinagar and Muhammad Omar of Bemina on December 25, 2015 of throwing acid on the law student.
As it emerged during investigation, Irshad was stalking the victim for quite some time. However when his advances bore no results, he decided to throw acid on the girl. His friend Omar executed the plan.
The police have sought punishment for the accused on three counts under sections 326-A (voluntary throwing acid to cause grievous injury), 120-B-9 (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of evidence).
This is the second acid throwing case under trail in a subordinate case. Earlier, principal district and session’s court awarded 10 years rigorous imprisonment to Riyaz Ahmed Nath of Maisuma Colony, Chanapora after being convicted in an acid attack case.
Nath was also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 under Section 307 (attempt to murder) for throwing acid on a 30-year-old woman, a schoolteacher at Parraypora locality of Srinagar on January 2, 2013. The trial of the case was concluded within 10 months.

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