After 30-yrs, Yasin Malik, 5 others charged with abudction of Rubia Syed

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Jammu: Thirty years after the abduction of Rubiya Syed, daughter of then Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Syed, in Kashmir Valley, Special TADA Judge Sunit Gupta here on Monday framed charges against Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik among ten accused.

The others included Ali Mohd Mir, Mohammad Zaman Mir, Iqbal Ahmad Gandroo , Javed Ahmad Mir alias Nalka, Mohammad Rafiq Pahloo alias Nana Ji alias Saleem, Manzoor Ahmed Sofi, Wajahat Bashir, Mehraj-ud-Din Sheikh and  Showkat Ahmad Bakshi.

Referring to the confessional statements made by Mohammad Zaman Mir and Ali Mohammad Mir before the magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC regarding their involvement and the role of other accused, the judge observed that he was of the considered view that “sufficient grounds exist’’ for drawing prima facie presumption that Yasin Malik, Ali Mohammad Mir, Iqbal Ahmed Gandroo, Manzoor Ahmed Sofi, Mehraj-u-Din Sheikh and Rafiq Ahmed Pahloo @ Nanaji @ Salim have committed the offences of entering into criminal conspiracy, kidnapping Rubia Syed with an intension to murder and keeping her in wrongful confinement under provisions of Ranbir Penal Code, apart from Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (TADA) Act and Indian Arms Act.  

Others including Mohammad Zaman Mir, Javed Ahmed Mir alias  Nalka, Wajahat Bashir, Shoukat Ahmed Bakshi were charged with criminal conspiracy, keeping Rubia Syed under wrongful confinement and provisions of TADA Act.    

All the 10 accused against whom charges were framed on Monday are among the two dozen accused named by CBI in its charge sheet filed before the TADA court. Of the others, while Mohammad Rafiq Dar alias Kukka alia Gulam Hassan and Mushtaq Ahmed Lone are dead, twelve others are absconding.

The absconders, against whim proceedings under Section 512 CrPC were initiated following court order on September 17, 1991, include Halima, Javed Iqbal Mir, Mohammad Yaqub Pandit, Riyaz Ahmed Bhat, Khursheed Ahmed Dar, Basharat Rehman Noori alias Amjad, Tariq Ashraf, Shafat Ahmed Shangloo, Manzoor Ahmed alias Mona alias Manzoor Islam, Gulam Mohammad Taploo, Abdul Majeed Bhat and Nissar Ahmed Bhat.

According to the CBI case, the accused in the first week of December 1989 entered into a criminal conspiracy to kidnap Rubia Syeed, who was then undergoing resident rotatory internship training in Lal Ded Hospital at Srinagar, for getting the release of  their five associates lodged at that time in different jails. In furtherance of their conspiracy, they borrowed a blue colored Maruti car No. JKE-7300 from one of the accused, Ghulam Mohammad, said, adding that thereafter, some of them and assembled in  the house of accused Mushtaq Ahmed Lone in the afternoon of December 8,1989, and deliberated upon the plan  to kidnap  her while she would returning back from Lal Ded Hospital Srinagar to her residence at Nowgam Bye Pass, Srinagar. Thereafter, all the accused persons except Mohammad Zaman Mir  proceeded for Lal Ded Hospital  and reached at its main gate.  All of them as per their pre-plan, divided themselves into small groups.

To enable them identify Rubia Syed, accused Yasin Malik pointed his finger towards her, the charge sheet said, adding the accused later hijacked on gun point the mini bus in which she was travelling from Nowgoan Bye pass to Kralpora. From there, Rubia Syed was made to board a car and kept in captivity by the accused till five dreaded JKLF militants were released from different jails of Jammu Kashmir in her exchange on December 13, 1989.