Papa Kishtwari case: Court directs prosecution to produce witnesses

Papa Kishtwari case: Court directs prosecution to produce witnesses

Complainant seeks court help over security withdrawal

Srinagar: A court in Srinagar on Monday asked public prosecutor to produce witnesses in the murder case of Ali Muhammad Mir of Nishat allegedly killed by counterinsurgent Papa Kishtwari and his associates during the 1996 parliamentary elections.
Mir’s son, Zahoor Ahmed Mir, the complainant in the case, meanwhile informed the court through his counsel that police was withdrawing a security personnel provided to him by the state human rights commission.
The court sought reply from public prosecutor to the matter by June 21 and also passed directions to produce witnesses on the next hearing.
The prosecution has listed 39 witnesses, of which 31 have been examined. Mir, who lived in Srinagar’s Nishat area, was allegedly abducted in 1996 by Kishtwari and his four associates and subsequently killed. The case dairy states that two among the associates are now dead and one, Mohammad Maqbool, is absconding. The other two, including Kishtwari, are in Central Jail Srinagar.
In 1996, a missing report was lodged at Nishat police station by family members of Mir. In 2007, police stated that Kishtwari and his associates killed Mir and a charge-sheet was produced before the court. Police have, however, failed to locate Mir’s body and also failed to apprehend the absconding Maqbool.



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