KD NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 27:The statement of Dr Javed Shabnam father of Romana Hakeem who was crushed to death by two car born eve teasers seven years ago in Parraypora locality was today read out before a city court here.
The court of principal district and session’s judge Srinagar is hearing final arguments in the matter. According to the defense lawyer Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, the court recorded the contradictions in the statement of Dr Javed and the police versions which he highlighted during today’s hearing. The court has now listed the matter for next hearing on June 1.
17-year-old Romana Hakeem, daughter of Dr Javed Shabnam of Bagh-e-Mehtab area was crushed to death by two car born eve teasers on May 3 in 2009 in Parraypora locality. The fateful incident took place in Parraypora area near the tuition centre where Romana could go for tuition.
Subsequently, the police arrested two teenagers as the accused in the case and also seized the Alto-car used in the crime. The accused were charged for murder under section 302, 294, 201 and 34 of RPC and the charges were framed against them on March 13, 2010.
On June 18, 2015 the principal district and session’s judge Srinagar had recorded final arguments of the prosecution in Romana murder case. The matter was heard by principal district and session’s court and all the accused in trial were present. Statements deposed by the witnesses were read before the court and both the parties argued on their versions in the trial.
Though the police had nabbed the accused, Shoaib Daryeel son of Muhammad Ashraf Daryeel of Nowhatta and Ubaid Ahmed Khan son of Zahoor Ali Khan of Bulbul Bagh Barzulla in less than 24-hours of themurder, her family says, the case should be given a speedy trial. The family said they have full faith in the Court of law.
“We want a speedy trial the way it happened with many other cases like Srinagar acid attack case,” said a close relative of the victim.
On May 4, 2010, a year after Romana’s death, Omar Bhat a key witness had deposed before the Court: “The boys who were in the car hit her (Romana) and after the incident they fled away from the spot.”
Omar had further deposed that on the fateful day a car with two persons onboard hit the girl. “I was just few yards away when a black colour Alto car with two youth hit the girl. Instead, of rushing the injured Romana to hospital, the duo accelerated their car and fled away from the spot.”
Omar had told the court adding he then took the girl to Barzulla hospital in an auto. However, the defence counsel interrupted and asked him whether he can recognize the accused, to which Omar pointed his finger towards the two accused present in the Court and replied “Yes’. “The images of these two boys are now impressed on my mind. Being a resident of the same area, I know these boys even before the incident.”
While cross examining the witness, counsel for the accused, Advocate Mushtaq Dar had asked Omar, “Why there is no mention of you taking the injured girl to Barzulla hospital in the earlier statement recorded by the Investigation Officer under section 161?”
Replying to defense counsel, Omar had said, “I accompanied the injured girl to the hospital in an Auto, but I don’t know why Investigation Officer has not mentioned it in the records.”
2015 Kashmir Despatch