Contractor’s Murder: Papa Kishtwari Was Armed,Says Police Officer

SRINAGAR: A case related to the murder and disappearance of a contractor involving infamous government gunman Papa Kishtwari was listed before the court of 4th Additional Session Judge here in Srinagar on Tuesday.

The three accused Ghulam Muhammad Lone alias Papa Kishtwari, Ghulam Rasool Ganaie and Khurshid Ahmed Ganaie against whom an FIR vide number 16/2007 under section 302,364,342,120-B RPC stands registered in Police Station Nishat for allegedly kidnapping and murdering a contractor – Ali Muhammad Mir have been languishing in jail from past many years.

“Prosecution produced a witness (police officer) who deposed that he is witness to the fact that Papa Kishtwari and other accused were camping in Pampore and were armed,” the Counsel for petitioner told CNS.

He said Papa Kishtwari applied for transfer of case from the Court of 4th Additional Judge that was declined for want of jurisdiction.

‘Prisoner’s Health Deteriorating’

Authorities have extended the duration of Public Safety Act (PSA) of a prisoner who was shifted from Jammu to Kupwara Jail on the grounds of ill-health. The prisoner has been suffering from different ailments while Court is the only hope for his anxious family.

Tariq Ahmed Ganaie of Meemandar area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district was arrested for taking part in pro-freedom protests in August last year and after slapping PSA upon him, he was lodged at Kotbhalwal Jail Jammu.

The better-half of Tariq told CNS that in wake of his deteriorating health, authorities took a pity upon him and he was brought from Jammu and shifted to Kupwara Jail. “He has heart problem, suffering from diabetes and hypertension,” she said and added that family was hopeful about his release.

“The duration of PSA of my husband expired on 28 February 2017, yet he has not been released,” she said and added that the condition of her husband is very bad. “I had gone to meet him in Jail. He is very ill and his continuous detention will further deteriorate his health.”

Advocate Nasir Qadri said that they have approached the court once again and hopefully he will be released.

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