20 years on: Pattan family whose head member was murdered awaiting justice

Pattan, Dec 3: Justice is deluding to a Pattan family from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district whose head member was murdered by a group of people some 20 years ago.
Police Station Pattan had arrested 17 people on charges of murdering an elderly man Ghulam Ahmed Rather son of Abdul Gafar, a resident of Markipora Khoi Pattan.
The formal FIR vide number 71/1998 under section 302, 447, 334, 336, 147, 148 registered at Police Station Pattan reads that a group comprising six assailants hit the Ghulam Ahmed Rather with an iron rod resulting his death.
The case is still pending in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Baramulla. “All the accused were granted bail and are roaming free from past 20 years. Its our humble request to the court to take up the case on speedy basis so that culprits will get justice,” said Lateefa Bano, the daughter of deceased said.
“I was just six year old when assailants killed my father over a personal dispute. Now, I am 26 and when I look at these murderers roaming free, doing their daily business, I feel sorry for this system which has not punished them even after the expiry of 20 years,” she said. (CNS)