Raids continue to nab absconding Gujjars
STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: City Judge Jammu Surinder Singh on Thursday rejected the bail application of one Gujjar Muneer Ahmed, allegedly involved in stone-pelting on cops during the anti-encroachment drive carried out by Jammu Development Authority (JDA) on December 22, 2018. In the attack, Vice Chairman, JDA, SHO Bakshi Nagar and three cops were among about 18 persons injured. At least a dozen government vehicles were damaged. Muneer Ahmed along with other accused Gujjaras had managed to flee. While Munir was arrested, efforts are being made to nab the other absconders. After hearing Senior Prosecuting Officer Raj Kumar, appearing for the State, the Court observed that JDA, Jammu had lodged a report with the in-charge Police Post Canal Road Jammu, stating that in compliance with the direction of High Court of J&K, issued in the PLI No. A/2012 titled Ashish Sharma and others V/S State of J&K and others vide OWP No. 1133/2018 to remove/demolish the encroachment on State Land/JDA land, a joint anti-encroachment drive was conducted at Javed Nagar Jammu on Dec 22, 2018 by a team comprising officials of JDA, Municipal Corporation and Forest Department and District Administration Jammu. Accordingly, the anti-encroachment drive started at 6:30 AM near Fourth Tawi Bridge, adjoining Javed Nagar, Jammu. However, the Gujjars, who are residents of Javed Nagar, attacked the team by throwing stones leaving some officials injured and some government vehicles damaged. Even the Gujjars manhandled the deployed officers/officials leading to injuries and their subsequent hospitalization. Upon this a plea was made to lodge an FIR under relevant section by Shruti Bhardwaj KAS Tehsildar, Zone-B, Assistant Estate Officer, Chief Enforcement Officer, Jammu Development Authority, Jammu. On this written complaint, FIR under sections 307/332/353/147/336/427/382/323/447-A/188/RPC was registered and investigations started. The Investigation Officer visited the place of occurrence, prepared site plan and recorded the statement of witnesses under Section 161 Cr.PC. Investigation Officer took the possession of the damaged vehicles from the spot and prepared the seizure memo.
During the search launched to nab the miscreants involved in stone pelting and attack on police, Muneer Ahmed was arrested. Raids are continuing to arrest more.
Meanwhile, the injured cops and officials were referred for medical aid. Searches for other absconding Gujaras is being made pursuant to the disclosure statement made by the arrested accused.
Court further observed that statements are yet to be recorded as it has been held in number of case that gravity of offence involved is likely to induce the accused to avoid the course of justice and must weigh with the court when considering the question of bail and so also heinousness of the crime. Keeping in view the charge against the accused and material collected so far by police suggest the complicity in commission of alleged crime. There appear reasons for believing the applicant’s involvement in the crime, so granting the bail at this stage may frustrate the efforts of the investigating agency in collecting evidence. That apart from public and state interest involved in the matter adds to gravity as the laws meant for the maintaining the public order cannot be used to disturb it. Above all, chances of applicant tampering the evidence which is yet to be collected cannot be ruled out, the Court observed.
“Thus looking the seriousness of the offence, the bail application of the accused Gujjar is dismissed”, with these directions, the Court disposed of the application and consigned it to record after its due compilation.
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