The Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday arrested five accused persons including the victim’s stepmother and stepbrother for the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl of Muskan Jan from Trikanjan Boniyar (Baramulla)
According to the police, the minor girl was first gang-raped and then murdered with an axe. The eyes of the girl were also gouged out and her body was sprinkled with acid. Talking to the media, SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain said that the minor girl was gang-raped by the four accused in the presence of her stepmother Fehmeeda Bano, aged 35.
As per the statement, Hussain said that on August 23, Fehmeeda Bano took her stepdaughter Muskan Jan to the nearby jungle with an aim to kill her. Sahil, the stepbrother of the victim, later on, joined her mother in the forest area along with two of his friends, Kaiser Ahmad (19), Aadil Ahmad (14) and Naseer Ahmad Khan (28). He said that all four accused took turns to rape her. Later, her stepmother strangulated the girl and her stepbrother hit her head with the axe, killing her on the spot. Aadil, one among the accused, then went back his home and brought acid in a Plastic bottle. Kaiser then gouged out her eyes with a sharp knife while acid was sprinkled on her body parts. Physical condition and preliminary forensic analysis of dead body substantiated all these facts. Later on, Kaiser and Naseer dumped the body in the bushes and covered it with twigs and branches of pine trees.
As per police sources, the police Station at Boniyar, Uri received a written missing complaint from Mushtaq Ahmad Ganai, a resident of Lari, Trikanjan, Uri on August 23, whom he feared might have been abducted. “On receipt of the complaint, a case FIR No. 43/2018 under section 363 RPC was registered in police station Boniyar and the investigation was then taken up. Thereafter, police made strenuous efforts to trace the missing girl by utilizing quadcopters, sniffing dogs and other resources,” police said.
A special investigation team (SIT) headed by SDPO Uri Mehrajud din Raina was constituted to investigate the murder. As per the investigation, it was found that the first wife of Mushtaq Ahmad was jealous of Kushboo (Non-local) and thought her husband was more inclined towards the second wife and daughter. So, the wife hatched a conspiracy to kill her stepdaughter.