SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday said that they had apprehended the “longest living” absconding rapist, who was wanted for rape and had been “underground for the last long 33 years.”
“Accused Ghulam Mohd @Gulla S/O Ahada R/O Kherkote Banihal was underground & on the run for the last 33 years after registration of a RAPE-after-ABDUCTION case against him in Police Station Mohore. Wanted criminal is arrested from Srinagar city,” a Reasi police spokesperson said.
“Accused absconding in Case FIR number 52/1988 Dated 08/04/1988 U/S 366, 376, 109 RPC, Police Station Mohore, after Commission of crime in 1988 was constantly evading arrest by changing his location & identity. Chargesheet was produced against him in Court of law,” the spokesperson further said in a statement.
Furthermore, the statement read “Accused despite evading investigation couldn’t evade long arm of law of the state. Warrant under section 512 CrPC was issued by the Court of Principal District & Session Judge Udhampur on 22/06/1989 & is executed after his arrest from Kashmir valley.”
Police said they were able to track down the accused thanks to “careful planning and coordination,” during which “officials formed a clear feedback regarding his presence in Srinagar’s Safakadal area and arrested the accused with the assistance of Srinagar Police.”
“Thirty Three (33) years back, at the time of commission of crime, neither Reasi was a District nor there was a Session Court in Reasi, Mahore was falling under the jurisdiction of District Udhampur with only two Police Stations Reasi and Mohore in the Reasi area.”
“Other accused in the case 1) Amkala S/O Bodhra R/O Bathoi, 2) Ghulam Mohd Sheikh S/O Rahiem Sheikh and 3) Sonaullah S/O Aadha R/O Kherkote Tehsil Banihal Ramban were arrested & bailed out by the Court of Law,” the spokesperson said.
Reasi Police, led by SSP Shailender Singh JKPS, has launched a special operation to apprehend absconders who have evaded arrest for years. This is the seventh absconder apprehended by Reasi Police in the last two weeks for whom a warrant U/S 512 CrPC was pending.