Accused Of Rape Banihal Resident Arrested 33 Years Later In Srinagar

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police Friday said that the longest surviving absconding criminal, was arrested from Srinagar city, nearly 33 years after a rape case was registered against him.

A police spokesperson said that the accused Ghulam Muhammad, son of Abdul Ahad, a resident of Kherkote Banihal was underground and on the run for the last 33 years after a case of rape and abduction was filed against him in Police Station Mohore.

“Accused absconding in case FIR number 52/1988 sated 08/04/1988 U/S 366, 376, 109 RPC, Police Station Mohore, after commission of crime in 1988 was constantly evading arrest by changing his location and identity. Chargesheet was produced against him in a court of law,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

"Accused despite evading investigation couldn’t evade long arm of law of the state. A warrant under section 512 CrPC was issued by the Court of Principal District & Session Judge Udhampur on 22/06/1989 and was executed after his arrest from Kashmir valley.”

While tracking traces of footprints of crime, meticulous planning and coordination, Reasi Police developed a specific input regarding his presence in Safakadal area of Srinagar and arrested the accused with the help of Srinagar Police, the statement said.

Thirty Three years ago, at the time of the commission of crime, neither Reasi was a sistrict nor there was a Session Court in Reasi. Mahore was under the jurisdiction of District Udhampur with only two Police Stations Reasi and Mohore.

The statement said that the other accused in the case Amkala, son of Bodhra, a resident of Bathoi; Ghulam Muhammad Sheikh, son of Rahiem Sheikh; Sonaullah, son of Aadha, a resident of Kherkote Tehsil Banihal Ramban were arrested and bailed out by the Court of Law.

He said that the Police has launched a drive to apprehend the absconders, who are evading arrest since years and this is the seventh absconder arrested by Reasi Police in last two weeks against whom warrant U/S 512 CrPC was pending.


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