Mysterious murder of lady in Keeribal Mattan solved, her son among 2 accused held: Police

‘Accused hatched conspiracy to snatch money from deceased’

Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday claimed to have solved mysterious death of a lady by arresting two accused persons including her elder son involved in her murder, who had a criminal conspiracy to snatch money from the deceased.

A police spokesman in a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer  said that on 21-10-2022, information was received by Police Station Mattan District Ananthnag to the effect that a lady namely Razia Akhtar, wife of Manzur Ahmad Khan of Kehribal, aged about 45 years had slipped from a concrete slab.

“She was shifted to GMC Anantnag for treatment. The doctors have declared her brought dead,” the statement said. Due to her prolonged matrimonial dispute, various allegations and counter allegations were making rounds in societal circles, it added.  “Accordingly, a Police Party was deputed from the Police Station Mattan, who after inspecting the scene of crime has raised questions on the pattern of fall as it seemed suspicious.

The Police decided to initiate proceedings under section 174 CRPC and the dead body was taken into the possession and medico-legal formalities were conducted. The legal heirs of the deceased have broken the doors of the mortuary and have tried to take away the dead body,” the statement said.  Police spokesman said that the pattern of injuries on the dead body did not correlate the Sequence of injuries one could possibly get in a slab fall. “The assistance of the technical team of the District Anantnag was sought and on the basis of technical data various possibilities of death narrations were filtered out. Few suspects were identified and were called for questioning.

During the course of questioning several contradictions were noted which were further worked on and two suspects were zeroed down namely Aqib Ahmad Khan, son of Manzur Ahmad Khan of Kehribal (Elder Son of Deceased) and Abid Hussain Ganie, son of Farooq Ahmad Ganie of Kanganhal Achabal A/P Her Mohalla Kehribal.”

“These two persons have committed this offence for monetary motivation. Both of them have had a criminal conspiracy to snatch money from the deceased. At 1500hrs Abid Hussain Ganie (co accused Friend) had visited the house of the deceased lady were his son namely Aqib Manzur Khan was waiting for him. Both of them have tried to snatch money from the deceased which has eventually led to a verbal spate.”

“Accused 1 has smashed his mother and has forcefully punched her and she fell down in the kitchen. A big stone was brought by the Accused with the assistance of co accused. Accused 1 has then smashed the head of the deceased lady and has caused a grievous head injury and the Lady has finally succumbed to these injuries. Then both the accused persons have tried their best to portray it as a death of accidental slab fall. They have changed the place of the body, have brought it outside and have set the house articles in order. The chappal of the deceased was placed on the slab.”

“Both the accused persons have then fled away from the scene along with the money.  Both the persons have joined the family members in a normal manner and have taken the lady to the hospital. They have joined the people who have smashed the door of the mortuary in order to conceal themselves and to give this incident a normal colour,” the statement said, adding that during the course of further investigation a disclosure memo was prepared and the weapon of offence was recovered.

Police said that a case under FIR number 95/2022 under section 302, 34 IPC was registered and further investigation was taken up. “Both the accused persons are arrested and the investigation is going on,” police said—(KNO)

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