SRINAGAR: A Sessions court in Srinagar on Tuesday recorded a police witness in the case of murder of Suhail Ahmed Sofi, allegedly killed by militants for being an informer.
The witness, Hyder Ali, head constable in Jammu and Kashmir Police, deposed to the court that the weapon of offence (a pistol of Chinese make) was actually seized by police station Dangiwacha and, by court orders, handed over to SHO Sopore in his presence. He said a seizure memo was also prepared by the SHO in his presence.
The other witness, Retd DSP Muzaffar Ahmed, who was the then SHO police Station Dangiwacha, was present in the court but his statement could not be recorded because of his ill health.
Principal district and sessions Judge, Rashid Ali Dar, while hearing witness’s statement, directed prosecution to produce the Retd DSP in court on 22nd June to record his statement.
The case pertains to the FIR No 48/2013, booked under section 302 RPC, and 7/27 of Arms act, lodged at Police station Sopore against Hafiz Naveed Baloch, alias Fahadullah of Shujabad Multan Pakistan, and Feroze Ahmed Dar of Alsafa Colony Sopore, for the killing of Suhail Ahmed Sofi of Doabgah Sopore on March 19, 2013.
Police investigation says that on March 19, 2013, Suhail Ahmed Sofi was sitting with a friend Ghulam Hyder near the local mosque when militants opened fire on him. He, however, escaped and hid himself in the Hamam of the mosque. One militant chased him into the mosque and fired at him. He was killed there.
During the course of investigation, one non-local militant was arrested in connection with the killing. On his instance, another suspect namely Feroze Ahmed Dar was arrested and a pistol was recovered from him. During questioning, Fahadullah confessed that he handed over the pistol to his close associate Dar who killed Sofi with this weapon. The duo is lodged at central Jail Srinagar since 2013.
This case was transferred from district court Baramulla to district court Srinagar on March 30, 2016.