Man hammered to death in Srinagar after girl accuses him of flirting

SRINAGAR: A non-local man hammered his roommate to death, wrapped his body and threw it in river Jhelum in Srinagar, after his girlfriend, a local resident, accused his roommate of flirting with her. Four persons, including the couple and two brothers of the girl, were arrested for jointly executing the murder.

Pertinently, police recovered unidentified male boy from river Jhelum at Baniyari area of Sumbal, in Kashmir’s Bandipora district, on March 13. The body was kept in mortuary for identification and a case of murder was registered at police station Sumbal. Police later recovered a telephone bill from the deceased which helped them identity him as Buta Ram, resident of Gurdaspur, Punjab.

The investigation revealed that the slain man, who was a carpenter by profession, was residing in a rented accommodation at Fateh Kadal, Srinagar, along with his associate Herjeet Singh, son of Mukhtar Singh, resident of Amritsar, Punjab.

According to police, Herjeet had “illegal affairs” with a girl in the neighbourhood. “The girl told Herjeet that his roommate Buta Ram was flirting with her. Upon this connotation, Herjeet Singh planned to kill his roommate and hatched a criminal conspiracy with the girl and her two brothers, Umar Bashir Mir and Bilal Ahmad Mir, for eliminating Buta Ram,” a police spokesperson said.

Herjeet then executed his plan. During the intervening night of March 3 and 4, Herjeet hit on the head of the victim by hammer, and killed him. The girl and her brothers – Umar and Bilal – helped him in executing the plan of murder and destroying circumstantial evidence, the police spokesperson said.

The group then wrapped the body of the victim in a canvas sheet, transported it to Nawa Kadal bridge on motorbike and threw it into the river Jhelum at 5 am.

“All the accused were arrested and are on police remand,” the police spokesperson said.

“The matter was taken with the Punjab Police and the body of deceased has been handed over to his legal heirs for last rites,” the spokesperson said.

Pertinently, the special investigation team, which was formed to investigate the case, was headed by SDPO Sumbal, Rashid Akbar, assisted by SHO Sumbal, Mehboob Hussain Banday, and supervised by SSP Bandipora, Mumtaz Ahmad.