Furnish particulars of suspects: Court tells army
PANTHA CHOWK DISAPPEARANCE
Srinagar, Apr 16: A court here has directed an army commandant to furnish the particulars of the two suspected, Naik Balbir Singh and Havildar V K Swain in Pantha Chowk disappearance case on the next date of hearing.
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Muhammad Ibrahim Wani directed the commandant of 7th PARA (Army) 15 Corps Badamibagh Colonel Sameer and Colonel Pramood in charge legal cell to furnish the particulars and ascertain the address of the two suspected from Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (pension) Allahabad.
On previous hearing court had summoned the army officials to ensure cooperation for completion of investigation in the 7-year-old disappearance case of 16-year-old, Muhammad Hussain Ashraf of Panthachowk.
The two army officials presented themselves before the court on Thursday and submitted that both the suspects, whose presence is required, had retired from the services. Colonel Sameer while furnishing the present address of the two suspected said Naik Balbir Singh was present in Ganjam Orissa and Halwaldar V K Swain in Alwar Rajasthan.
The army submitted that the suspected were in receipt of the pension. Court directed the SHO Panthachowk to take up the matter through SSP Srinagar with the concerned district SPs, where the suspected are stated to be residing. The court asked the army officials to remain present on next date of hearing, which has been listed on May 18 to furnish the status report and relevant details.
On May 25, 2003, Hussain was picked up by the persons of 7th PARA (Army) Camp at Khrew from Sempora Panthchowk and subjected to disappearance.
Subsequently, Hussain’s father Muhammad Ashraf in May 2003 lodged an FIR (34/2003) in PS Panthachowk against the army and SHO was appointed as investigation officer. Police during communication brought out that the two persons of 7th PARA (Army) Camp at Khrew were suspected in the case.
The case was later heard in High Court, which observed that Prima Facie Hussain appear to have been picked up by the two persons of 7th PARA on May 25, 2003 in vehicle No 98-B065336 from Sempora Panthchowk road and on May, 2007 directed the CJM Srinagar to monitor the investigation.
After taking over the monitoring, the CJM directed the SHO to submit the FIR before June 1, 2007. Subsequently SHO on September 28, 2007 submitted before CJM that army personnel were not cooperating with investigation officer, which had hampered the investigation.
Court said as per the statements recorded under 161 CrPC by Investigation Officer, it has been prima facie observed that two persons of 7th PARA, Naik Balbir Singh and Halwaldar V K Swain picked up the boy from Sempora and subjected him to disappearance.
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