SRINAGAR: The accused arrested by the Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing the alleged abetment in the suicide case of a woman engineer in Srinagar have made startling revelations.
The SIT investigation so far has revealed that the husband of the deceased lady had an extra-marital relationship with his cousin sister and was caught by his wife red-handed in her bedroom hours before allegedly committing suicide.
Mudasir Aziz, a junior engineer by profession allegedly committed suicide by jumping into River Jhelum from Zaina Kadal Bridge in the evening of May 5 this year. She was married to Javid Ahmad Bangree of Hamza Colony Elahi Bagh in the city outskirts.
Sources privy to the investigations told Kashmir Observer that, cousin sister X (name changed) of Javid, confessed during sustained interrogation that she was in a relationship with Javid for past one year and the two were caught in a compromised position by Mudasir (Javids wife) on May 5.
She deposed before the SIT that Mudasir was not at home on the day and her husband and I were in her bedroom. She suddenly banged the door, which was locked from inside. She forced her entry into her bedroom and was enraged at seeing me there with Javid. She slapped me in a fit of rage, she told her interrogators.
According to Investigation, Mudasir lived with Javid in a joint family which included his (Javids) six uncles.
At the time of the incident, Javids sister Nazima Shafi intervened and blamed Mudasir for defaming the family amid heated exchange. Mudasir told them I will get you people exposed, the official said.
The investigation revealed that Mudasir suspected the illicit affair of her husband before and had engaged Javids cousin Naveed, who happened to be her student, to keep an eye on her husband.
Naveed during his interrogation told the SIT that he also had doubt on Javid and once when Mudasir was not at home, X in the dead of night went inside Javids room and came back after an hour. According to the SIT, Naveed passed on this information to Mudasir.
Following a heated exchange, after Mudasir caught Javid and his cousin, Nazima asked all of them to gather at her house some 500 meters away so that they take a decision.
They pressed Mudasir to be there by 5:30 pm.
Before moving there, Mudasir called one Peer Sajjad Gaju of Karan Nagar, who is in the business of faith healing and with whom she was in touch for redressal of her domestic problems. According to call details she explained the whole story to Peer and sought his advice whether to go to Nazimas house. The peer gave his consent, call details reveal.
Mudasir reached Nazimas house where Javid, his sister Nazima and paternal aunt Sabeena were already waiting for her. Here again, they entered into a heated argument. This was corroborated by a call made by Mudasir to Rabia (Javids another cousin) from her Jio phone at 7 PM. She wanted her to come to Nazimas house.
However soon Mudasirs phone went into switch off mode.
During the course of the investigation, the phone was recovered from Javid's procession.
According to the statement of her in-laws, she left Nazimas home at 7:20 pm and they dont know where she went from there. Investigators say this is a lie.
Investigations and eyewitnesses say Mudasir jumped into the river from Zaina Kadal at 7.55 PM.
It is suspected that while at Nazimas house the trio Javid, his sister and Aunt (Sabeena Majid) hatched a conspiracy to get rid of Mudasir before she could spill the beans.
The SIT has not come to any conclusion. However, they have an assumption based on some evidence and call details that Mudasir was forced to get in the Grand i10 car (already seized by Police) and taken to Zainad Kadal and forced to jump in the river.
Police suspicion has grown because Javids location at 7.55 PM (the time of alleged suicide) has been traced to Zaina Kadal, meaning he was present at the crime scene. His call details corroborate it, say the investigators. This not only gives the lie to his assertion that he was unaware of Mudasirs whereabouts but proves he was present there.
The investigation officer said, Mudasir was a brilliant, well-educated woman and would not have taken the extreme step without bringing the culprits to justice.
She was well off, educated, earning her livelihood herself, they were jealous of her, they were playing tricks to get her out of the house, said the officer.
Mudasir secured her M-Tech degree from the University of Kashmir as a topper. After graduating she started her career as a junior engineer in the Irrigation and Flood Control Department.
According to the investigation in 2012, Mudasir and Javid had tied the knot against family wishes.
The couple was blessed with a son and lived together for five years. Javid works in Dubai and shuttles between UAE and Srinagar.
As the investigation is still on, police have not produced charge sheet in the court yet. Meanwhile, the three accused Javid, Nazima and Sabeena are out on bail after 35 days of detention.
The police had arrested and booked them under sections 306 RPC (abetment of suicide), 498A RPC (domestic violence) and 120B RPC (criminal conspiracy).
They were granted bail on 13th of September by a local court till September 21. Their bail might be extended or they can be re-arrested, the only court can decide it.
Police formed SIT to probe the case after victims family expressed their reservations with the investigation of MR Gunj police station.
It was only after that Inspected General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range formed a SIT headed by SDPO Khanyar, Raja Zuhaib. Other members are Sub-Inspector Mohammad Yaseen and Constable Tariq Ahmad.
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