The acid throwing case took a new turn when alleged accomplice of the main accused, Mudasir Ahmad,agreed to be the prosecution witness in the case.
The victim is scheduled to be shifted to Delhi’s Apollo Hospital for better treatment on Friday. Meanwhile, DIG Central Kashmir, Afatul Mujtaba said that the Police have given nod to the shifting of patient.
In the mean time local human rights activist Mohammad Ahsan Untoo has filed an appeal before the State Human Rights Commission pleading for ban on open sale of acid and making the laws regarding sale of acid more stringent.
Family members of victim told KNS that the alleged accomplice of the accused claimed to be unaware about the intentions of his friend. “I was not aware about the intentions of my friend Riyaz. I accompanied him without knowing his intentions. Had I known that he is going to commit such heinous crime I might have not allowed him to do so”, the victims family members quoted Mudasir of having told them.
Brother of the victim said that Mudasir had voluntarily agreed to be the prosecution eye witness in the case. “I talked to him (Mudasir) and he said that he will be the prime eye witness to ensure justice to the victim”, said the victim’s Brother. “My sister is to be shifted to Apollo Hospital Delhi for better treatment. We’ll fly to Delhi on Friday”, he informed.
Meanwhile, the victim said the accused had been harassing her for a long time. “He was harassing me since long and I had informed my cousin about it”, victim said in a low tone.
Terming the voluntary witness of Mudasir a good step towards to investigation, Mujtaba said that such move will help to prove guilt against the accused on fast track. “We’re investigating the case and no offence was established against Mudasir. If he is ready to be the prosecution witness that is a good move”, said Mujtaba.
“I’ve came to know that Mudasir was trying to protect girl when his friend committed such heinous offence. I also visited victim yesterday in the hospital and ensured family of bringing the perpetrator of crime to justice”, he added.
On the patient being shifted to Delhi for further treatment he said, “Police have no objection and we’ve given nod for that”, he replied.
When asked about any further breakthrough in the investigation, “Accused is behind the bars and law will take its further course”, he replied.
Pertinently, the victim, a private school teacher, was attacked with acid in Parraypora locality of Hyderpora by a youth identified as Riyaz Ahmad. The girl suffered burn injuries on the face and arm and was admitted to SMHS hospital in Srinagar.
Soon after the victim’s statement, police had raided the house of Reyaz Ahmad Nath of Lone Mohallah Chanapora, a shopkeeper, and arrested him on Wednesday. Police also had arrested Mudasir Ahmad son of Abdul Rashid, also a shopkeeper from Chanapora, in the evening and was set free to go after questioning him