Pampore man arrested for killing sister-in-law: Police

Says accused confessed murdering her for resisting ‘sexual exploitation’ attempt

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SRINAGAR — Police have arrested a man for killing her sister-in-law in Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

“On January 8, at around 1730 hours, police received information that the body of one woman identified as Rozi Jan (40) wife of Muzafar Ahmad Ganie of Kadlabal Pampore was brought to SDH Pampore by (her) in-laws,” a police spokesperson said in a statement, adding, “Since the cause of her death prima facie appeared to be suspicious, police after completion of a medico-legal procedure initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC to ascertain the cause of death.”

Keeping in view the sensitivity of the case, he said, a special investigating team was constituted by SSP Awantipora under the supervision of SDPO Pampore and the investigation was set into motion.

“During the course of the investigation, several family members including the husband of the deceased were called for questioning,” he said, adding, “During questioning of some of the relatives of the deceased, the SIT zeroed in on one Altaf Ahmad Ganie, the brother-in-law of the deceased for further questioning.” After sustained questioning, he said, Altaf confessed to his involvement in the murder.

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“During questioning, he disclosed that since his sister-in-law was alone at home and thus taking advantage of her loneliness, he tried to exploit her sexually. However, the deceased strongly resisted this and raised hue and cry,” the spokesperson said, adding, “The accused further disclosed that although he first tried to pacify her but when she continuously called for help, this frustrated the accused who later strangulated her to death and thereafter fled away from the spot.”

During the further course of the investigation, he said, it also came to the fore that at around 1700 hours, the 11-year-old daughter of the deceased came back home and after seeing her mother apparently dead, she called for help. “Thereafter, some of the neighbours, including the accused, came and took the lady to hospital where doctors declared her brought dead,” he said.

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The accused, he said, Altaf (44) is a driver by profession who is unmarried and is living separately in the same house. “Pertinently, he was accompanying when the dead body was taken to the hospital so that no one would suspect his involvement in the murder,” he said, adding, “In this regard, a case FIR No. 05/2023 under relevant sections of law already stands registered in Police Station Pampore and the accused has been arrested. Investigation of the case is going on.”

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