Baramulla: The step-mother of a Uri minor girl – found dead after several days of disappearance – spearheaded her rape and murder, and was aided by her minor son and three others, police claimed on Monday.
Giving bone-chilling details to media, SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain Mir said Fahmeeda had nourished a long standing grudge against the second wife of her husband and her children.
Mushtaq Ahmad Ganai of Lari, Trikanjan, Uri had filed a missing report about her nine-year-old daughter with Police Station Boniyar, whom he feared might have been abducted. The girl could not be traced for several days, and was finally found dead on Sunday, nearly after ten days of disappearance in a forest area.
Mushtaq had told the police that he has two wives, Fahmeeda from Trikanjan village, and Khushboo a non-local from Jharkhand.
The missing girl was daughter of non-local mother.
Mushtaq also told the police that Fahmeeda would mostly work outside the home grazing the goats in nearby fields and forest, while his non-local wife would mostly stay at home busy in house chores.
The examination of crime scene and forensic details suggested murder and a special investigation team (SIT) headed by SDPO Uri was constituted to investigate the murder.
SSP Imtiyaz said that during sustained questioning of the step mother of the deceased and other suspects, a bone chilling and horrible account of murder and rape came to fore.
It was found Fahmeeda had been nourishing a long standing grudge against the non-local wife of her husband and her children as she has the perception that her husband was more inclined and affectionate towards her second wife and the children born of her than Fahmeeda’s children.
Fahmeeda told the police that Mushtaq would mostly spent time with her second wife and that the deceased daughter was dearest to him among all children. The acrimonious atmosphere was building up in the family over a period of time, after which Fahmeeda hatched a conspiracy to eliminate her step daughter, SSP said.
On the fateful day, according to police, she took her step daughter to the nearby jungle and was armed with a sharp edged knife. While she was on way to forests with her step daughter she signaled her son 14 year-old-son son to be ready for commission of the crime.
Her son joined her in forest area along with two of his friends, one Kaiser Ahmad, 19, another a 14-year-old boy. One Naseer Ahmad Khan alias Guddo, 28, resident of Lari, Trikanjan also joined in.
Police said, the girl was gang-raped in presence and at the instance of her step mother. Kaiser was first to rape her, while others including the girl’s step brother, took turns to rape her.
Thereafter Fahmeeda strangulated the girl and her son hit the girl’s head with axe, killing her on spot, police said.
One of the accomplices then went back his home and brought acid from in a plastic bottle. Kaiser gouged out her eyes with a sharp knife and then acid was sprinkled on her body parts. Police said the physical condition and preliminary forensic analysis of the body substantiated the details. Finally Kaiser and Naseer dumped the body in the bushes and covered it with twigs and branches of pine trees.
Police said all the material and weapons of offence including axe, knife and the plastic container containing acid have been recovered. All the accused have been arrested.
A charge sheet will be produced in the case soon, police said.