Srinagar: In the DySP lynching case, Advocate Nazir Ronga, said on Thursday that the prosecution witnesses listed by police have recorded different stories of the case, which are contradictory in nature and appear that “they have least knowledge of the occurrence of the incident.” Ronga was arguing on framing of charges and admitting the accused on bail submitted before court.
In his two hour long arguments before fourth additional principal district and sessions court in Srinagar, Advocate Ronga asked how it was possible that one set of witnesses have seen one thing and other set of witnesses have seen something else?
He stated after examining witnesses, “one set of witnesses has said that people with lathis and bricks beat the person who was later found dead and identified as DySP Ayoub Pandith. Another set of witnesses has said that people were equipped with iron water pipes and stones which led to his death.”
“Other set of witnesses has said that people were beating the deceased by fists and blows, which caused his death,” he added.
He further submitted that another set of witnesses have deposed before the magistrate that the slain police officer opened fire on some persons which injured three of them. After firing upon the people, the deceased fled/ran away from the spot and while doing so, one stone struck his head and he fell down, which later caused his death.”
He also argued that some witnesses examined by investigation agency have deposed that pistol was snatched from the deceased, which was recovered by the police on the disclosure of two accused on July 20, 2017. “Whereas statement of Inspector General of Police given in different newspapers has said that the police have cracked down the accused person involved in so called lynching case and have recorded his belongings on July 7, 2017,” he added.
Ronga also argued that the water pipe sent for forensic analysis was retirned with a report stating that no finger prints or blood stains were found on it. Police has admitted the pipe as a piece of evidence.
He said the circumstance under which the unfortunate incident has taken place doesn’t involve any of the accused in the case of murder. “There was no conspiracy, premeditation or common intention to kill the deceased. As such, case of murder is not made out,” he said.
He also pleaded that in view of the factual arguments presented before court, the accused deserved to be granted bail.