CJM passes strictures over unfair investigation by Ramban Police

Death of 10 labourers at Base camp Chenani-Nashri Tunnel

Newspoint Bureau
Jammu Tawi, December 8
Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ramban Yahaya Firdoos Ahangar has expressed displeasure over the manner of investigation being conducted by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Additional SP, Ramban in the much publicized case of fire incident at Dalwas i.e. Base Camp of Chenani-Nashri Tunnel where on the intervening night of 31.12.2015/01.01.2016 when the labourers were celebrating New Year and due to fire, 10 labourers were killed and an FIR came to be registered at Police Station, Chanderkot (Ramban)
While considering the Bail Application moved by some labourers who were apprehended by the SIT in the said case, the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ramban after hearing Advocate Z.A Lone appearing for the applicants/accused and Chief Prosecuting Officer K.K. Bandral along with Inspector Daljeet Singh (I.O of the case) expressed deep concern over shielding of the real accused and delay in completion of the investigation. The court observed with concern that today when the case diaries were again called and perused, this court does not find any concrete steps taken by the I.O after the passing of the order dated 03.12.2016 and the I.O has maintained status quo in the investigation.
The CJM, Ramban further observed that the case diaries reveal that I.O has received all the opinions from the forensic laboratory and has also recorded the statement of witnesses under section 161 Cr.P.C but the court could not understand as to why there is delay for presenting the final chargesheet.
While Lambasting the SIT over the delay in the matter, the CJM Ramban further observed that on the previous hearing, the court had observed that the occurrence has occurred almost one year back i.e. on 1st January, 2016 and the victims are yet to get the justice and the defaulters are yet to be booked. The court would not hesitate in making the observation that all this has happened only because of snail’s speed of the SIT. The court after examining the CD file further observed that it is hoped that SIT would produce the chargesheet in near future as the court does not find anything to be investigated further and the same has also been admitted by the I.O Daljeet Singh except that the statement of one injured witness is yet to be recorded.
Inspector Daljeet Singh and CPO stated in the open court that accused present in the court are no more required for any kind of interrogation and the court accordingly made the interim bail granted on 03.12.2016 absolute. However, the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ramban did not close the proceedings of the bail application and kept the matter alive for monitoring the investigation.
While parting with the matter, the CJM Ramban directed that CPO shall produce the case diaries alongwith I.O and Chairman SIT on next date of hearing in order to apprise the court about the latest stage of investigation and fixed the matter on December 29, 2016. JNF

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