Over a month after his death, police say Pattan man murdered by wife, her paramour

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Police on Thursday arrested a woman and her paramour for murdering the former’s husband over a month ago in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. 

The deceased, identified as Mohammad Altaf Malik, 34, son of Ghulam Rasool Malik of Seriwarpora and son-in-law of late Abdul Razaq Ganie was found dead near the cowshed of his home in Renji village of Pattan on the intervening night of March 8 and 9, news agency GNS reported while quoting a police statement. 

Two weeks later, on 22 March, Altaf’s brother submitted an application with the authorities for initiating inquest proceedings saying he and his family members smelt a rat over his death, police said. 

Accordingly, as per formal orders of District Magistrate Baramulla, the body was exhumed and postmortem was conducted by a panel of doctors from GMC Baramulla.

After the receipt of interim Medical Report and the statements of some prime witnesses, the inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC were converted into FIR (62/2021) under section 302 IPC of police station Pattan, the police statement said.

In the meantime, a Special Investigation Team headed by SDPO Pattan was constituted to investigate the case. 

“The SIT initiated a thorough investigation, activated all sources and by using a blend of technical and human intelligence, finally fixed the radar on the wife of the deceased,” the police statement said. 

Police said the woman was last seen with the deceased and was put to sustained questioning during which she disclosed the commission of the crime alongwith one Ghulam Mohammad Dar son of Mohammad Ramzan Dar of the same Renji village. 

The two, police said were in an illegitimate relationship, had hatched a conspiracy to kill the deceased a month before the incident. 

On 8th March both gave a final touch to their plan and accordingly the woman called her paramour during night and both bludgeoned Altaf to death, police said.

“Thereafter they took the body and threw it near cowshed to conceal the manner of death and camouflage it as death due to slipping,” it added. 

Both the accused have been arrested and the weapon of offence has been recovered upon their disclosure, police said adding further investigation is in progress.