Jammu : Blind murder of Hotelier solved, Honour of wife leads to shoot out

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With the arrest of the accused and recovery of a foreign made pistol, Police on Friday claimed to have solved the blind murder case of Kishtwar hotelier, who was shot dead last week near Jamia Masjid while returning home on his bike.

“The Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed to investigate the sensational killing of hotelier Ishtiaq Ahmed Dar, son of Ghulam Rasool Dar of Waza Gwarri Semina Colony Kishtwar took just six days to unfold the mystery and take the case to its logical conclusion”, Senior Superintendent of Police Kishtwar Abrar Chowdhary said while briefing the media in District Police Office Kishtwar. He said the arrest of accused Muzzaffer Hussain Kamal, son of Master Wali Mohd Kamal, a resident of 66 Kamal Mohalla Kishtwar, who is a stationery shop owner and tenant of the deceased, revealed many startling facts concerning the case.

“While confessing the crime, the accused divulged that to save the honour of his wife, he took this extreme step as the deceased on various occasions was attempting to tarnish the chastity of his wife”, the SSP said adding that accused claimed to have used a foreign made pistol which he had acquired from one Aamir Kamal, a local terrorist of HM and his cousin in 2011 from Pinjrarri area.

“Besides the SIT, led by Additional Superintendent of Police Kishtwar, Perbeet Singh, comprised Deputy SP Operations Kishtwar Nissar Ahmed Khoja, Senior Prosecuting Officer Mansoor Ahmed Sheikh, SHO Police Station Kishtwar Inspector Sameer Jeellani and SHO Police Station Chatroo Inspector Mohd Bashir, a high profile team of FSL from Jammu was also involved in the investigations”, the SSP said and added that considering the complicacies of the case a team of officers headed by Manoj Kumar, Dy SP DAR Kishtwar was sent to Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) Chandigarh to gather and analyze the forensic clues.

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He further disclosed that on the basis of suspicions and clues, the SIT rounded up a large number of suspects including some women for questioning and finally Muzzaffer Hussain Kamal was zeroed and apprehended.

The SSP said that during interrogation, it was found that in October-November 2017, the deceased used to take his daughter and wife of accused (undergoing graduation course through IGNOU) to examination centre at Drabshallah in his car. “During this period, the deceased tried to develop intimacy with the wife of the accused and the same process continued for months till recently”, said the SSP adding that during his interrogation the accused disclosed that the deceased Ishtiaq Ahmed Dar started openly praising his wife before him shamelessly and even started compelling the accused to invite him for dinner with his wife at their residence with malicious aim of frequenting their home quite often.

“He also disclosed that the deceased was taking undue benefit of his being a tenant. He further narrated that on occasions the thoughts travelled into his mind to commit suicide”, said the SSP adding that in January ending this year, Ishtiaq Ahmed Dar started compelling the accused to facilitate his immoral meetings with his wife in his presence.

“The accused further disclosed that in February this year when he learnt that the deceased was spotted near his house on two different occasions while he was in his shop during the day it became severely shocking and intolerable for him”, the SSP said adding that the accused on March 9, 2018, made up his mind to eliminate the deceased and brought the aforesaid weapon kept by him in his house to his shop in new Dar Complex near Jamia Masjid Kishtwar.

“At 3:30 PM, the accused cleverly broke the charging pin of his mobile phone and deposited the same to the mobile repair shop so that the last call cannot be traced on his mobile. He, however, informed the deceased to contact him on the mobile phone of one Shahdab, a resident of UP and a tenant in the same complex so that they can tie up the timing to move for dinner at his home.

The deceased on the signal of accused reached in front of the gate of the house of one Haider Sheikh in the street behind Jamia Masjid where the accused shot deceased Ishtiaq Ahmed Dar”, said the SSP.