SRINAGAR: Twenty two years have passed since Haseena Bano of Bandipora was raped and murdered by unknown gunmen but the state police have failed to track down the culprits.
Bano was raped in 1993 by unknown gunmen and died in 1995.
Ghulam Hassan Rather, brother of the deceased had filed a petition before the court seeking directions for constitution of Special Investigation Team to investigate the gruesome rape and murder case. The court has already directed the police to report to district magistrate Bandipora about the investigation status and thereafter before deciding on constitution of SIT.
“For all these years I have done everything to get justice for my sister but nothing much happened. Every time I used to visit police station, the answer I get is the killers were untraceable,” said Rather.
The police in its reply before the court stated that the SHO of police station Sumbal Sonawari conducted investigation into the allegations of rape and murder of the woman.
During verification, it said, the statements of witnesses acquainted with the case were recorded and during verification it ‘appeared’ that the victim was raped by unknown gunmen and became pregnant.
“It also emerged that the victim was tortured by unknown (gunmen) due to which she not only suffered miscarriage but also died on 5 December 1995. Police filed FIR (39 of 1995 under Section 302, 376, 316 RPC) and the matter was investigated.”
The investigating officer after recording statements of witnesses, visiting the spot and collecting the circumstantial evidences, proved she was raped and murdered. However, the unknown gunmen, who had committed the gruesome act, could not be identified or nominated by any of the witnesses examined during the course of investigation. The accused, thus, remained untraced.
On previous hearing of the case, the J&K High Court had ordered police to “immediately” forward a magistrate’s report about its investigation into the rape and murder of the deceased.
A single bench of Justice Sanjeev Kumar had ordered the magistrate to pass appropriate orders thereafter.
“Whatever be the outcome of investigation, the Investigating Officer concerned, should have forwarded the report in terms of Section 173 CrPC to the Magistrate concerned, who alone should have taken appropriate decision thereon with regard to its closure or otherwise,” the court said.