Zahid Died Of Drowning, Police Submits Report To Court

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Police submitted the ‘conclusive’ report of Zahid Iqbal case to the court.

Pertinently Zahid Iqbal of Padshahi Bagh, Srinagar whose body was fished out from river Jehlum on August 26, 2013 had died of drowning while his friend was booked for concealing his belongings for person use.

Giving details of the case the District Police Authorities stated that Srinagar police fished out a body of a missing person Zahid Iqbal Bhat son of Mohammad Iqbal resident of Padshi Bagh, Srinagar from river Jhelum on August 26, 2013.

Srinagar police initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC to ascertain the cause of the death. After conducting Post Mortem of the deceased body was handed over to his legal heirs for last rites.

According to the report, during the investigation of the case, some friends of the deceased were called for questioning. Search of the cell phone and SIM Card was made through surveillance unit Raj Bagh, during which it came to surface that cell phone is being used by a lady resident of Soura, Srinagar. She was called for questioning. During questioning she stated that the said cell phone was given by her by her nephew namely Ruhail Gowhar Sofi son of Mohammad Sidiq Sofi resident of Padshahi Bagh. The Ruhail Gowhar was called to police station for questioning during questioning he disclosed that the deceased was his friend and neighbor. On August 25, 2013 after Friday prayer both went towards river Jehlum, where deceased went for bathing in the river while he went to other side for smoking. When he came he found the cloths of the deceased on river bank. Before going for bathing the deceased had handover watch and cell phone to Ruhal Gowher. On his return he did not seen the deceased at bathing place he was afraid and left the place.

it further added that subsequently police seized the cell phone and wristwatch. Later on postmortem report was also obtained from the concerned quarters, “which shows that the death of deceased was caused due to drowning “.

The items wrist watch and cell phone of deceased which were recovered and seized were kept by the Ruhail Gowhar Sofi dishonestly for his personal use and he was booked under section 404/RPC .

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