SRINAGAR: In June 2016, Nazar Mohammad Dar, the main accused in kidnapping & murder of 21-year-old Kaleem Qadri of Pampore gave a slip to two police constables at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS) where he had been brought for medical check-up from the central jail. Since then, police have failed to trace Dar.
Nazar Muhammad Dar, son of Ghulam Mohiuddin Dar, a resident of Rakhshalina Budgam was convicted of murder (FIR number 169/2011, under section 302, 364, 387, 120 RPC, registered at Pampore police station).
Javiad Ahmad Qadri, the murdered youth’s father, has left no stone unturned to seek justice for his lone son. For the last 15 months, Qadri has been approaching anyone and everyone to pressurise administration, especially police department, to speed-up investigation so that the accused is a traced and brought to justice.
“I have been restless throughout these 15 months, thinking about brutal and inhumane murder of my son. Not even for a second would I tolerate that murderers of my innocent son are roaming freely,” says the elderly father.
The nature of crime was so horrific and heart-wrenched, Qadri says, that whomever he approached and narrated the story to, they broke down and sought immediate arrest of main accused. “His (Kaleem’s) murder left our entire family shattered and hit the conscious of all others believing in the human principles,” he said.
In August, Director General of Police, S P Vaid, wrote to deputy inspector general of police, south Kashmir, directing him to constitute a team to get the main accused arrested. The DGP also sought to look into the role of doctors recommending Dar’s routine medical check-up and of those police constables from whose custody he had escaped.
Even the director general of prisons wrote to Inspector General of Police, Muneer Ahmad Khan, seeking more focus on this particular case. The police officials at Police station Karan Nagar, where an FIR was lodged after Dar gave a slip to escorting policemen, however, had no readily available details about developments regarding this case. DIG south, S P Pani, too had nothing to offer and sought time so that he could gather details from sub-ordinates.
As the case vide FIR number 12/2016 under section 224 RPC stands registered at Police Station Karan Nagar. In August this year, police issued a lookout notice on the directions of the Principal Sessions Judge. But, a senior police official told Kashmir Reader that police have so far been unable to find any traces of the main accused.
The history of this case goes back to 2011, when Qadri, a resident of Gousia Colony Pampore and father of slain boy, lodged a missing report of his son Kaleem Qadri in Police Station Pampore.
As per the family, on October 28, Dar, the main accused, called Kaleem in the evening that he has got some buyers for his iPad after which he drove his car towards the Lasjan area of Srinagar where he was told the buyers were waiting.
While driving towards Lasjan, Kaleem picked up Dar on the way and upon reaching Lasjan, Dar gave a ride to two more people, his brother Younis Ahmad Dar and his friend Javaid Ahmad Bhat.
Late in the evening on the same day, Qadri informed police that he received a phone call from the mobile number of his son and the caller identified himself as the kidnapper associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) group and demanded a ransom of rupees one crore in exchange of his son, Kaleem.
While the family was in a hope that their son has been kidnapped and chained somewhere, and might be recovered safely soon, Younis and Javiad, who were in the same car, put a belt around Kaleem’s neck and killed him.
Thereafter, they moved towards village Wapora of district Budgam and wrapped the dead body in a bed sheet. Kaleem’s body was later thrown in river Jhelum to cover-up the crime. His body was recovered on November 1.
Those arrested, for murdering Kaleem Qadri, included Nazar Muhammad Dar and Mohammad Younis Dar, sons of Late Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din, resident of Rakh Shalina, Javaid Ahmad Bhat son of Mohammad Ishaq, resident of Rakh Shalina, Tangan and Abid Hussain Bhat, son of Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, resident of Tangan Nowgam.