Absconder Arrested 41 Years After Crime: Police

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday arrested an absconder from central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district over four decades after he was charged for theft.

Majeed Tanch, son of Fateh Tanch was arrested by a police team from his house in Anderwan village of Kangan on Saturday in a theft case filed against him 41 years ago, a police official told Kashmir Observer. Majeed, who is originally from Check Dara Harwan was evading arrest after police slapped charges under section 379 RPC , 6 Forest Act at Police Station, Saddar in 1980, he said.

“He might have stolen any forest-produce and gone absconding to evade his arrest from the last 41 years,” said the police official on the condition of anonymity.

When asked why the case took 41 years to crack, he said that every police station has a file of absconding cases that needs to be produced in the court.

“…and it’s up to the concerned police officials how much interest they show in cracking the case,” he added.

The official further said that the accused was produced before the Forest Magistrate by Police for obtaining remand.

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