State Times NewsREASI: Chief Judicial Magistrate Reasi Amarjeet Singh Langeh on Friday directed SHO, Police Station Reasi to register first information report with regard to man missing for the last two years.The court direction came in application filed by father of the missing man Ashok Singh, who was working at Baradari (name of place) in Reasi dealing with loading of sand, bajri and stones in vehicles from River Chenab. As per application, on June 12, 2018, Ashok had gone for work to River Chenab, and was abducted by non-applicants from Zero Morh Talwara.The CJM Reasi directed SHO, Reasi to register first information report in the matter under relevant sections of penal code and start investigation forthwith. CJM Reasi further said that not only this, SSP Reasi shall ensure that first information report in the matter is caused to be registered and compliance report be submitted by or before next date of hearing.It is worthwhile to mention here that earlier Court directed SSP to file status report.Today when the matter was listed, the status report was submitted by SSP Reasi. It averred that on June 14, 2018, applicant produced an application in Urdu before Incharge, Police Post Talwara to the effect that on June 12, 2018 at about 1300 hours, his son namely Ashok Singh aged 25 years went for labour work at Zero Morh but did not return back to home by the evening. The missing report was lodged with police post Talwara vide DDR No. 12 dated June 14, 2018. Further, as per status report, not only some persons were called by Incharge, Police Post Talwara but he also collected some mobile numbers from them which are five in number and sent the same to DPO, Reasi for providing their SDR/CDR reports. Thereafter, applicant produced the application before SHO, Reasi who called some suspects and inquired from them in police station. Missing person was allegedly searched but could not be traced from places like Udhampur, Ramnagar and other surrounding areas. Status report further reflected that Incharge, Police Post Talwara also inquired from applicant as to who told him that non-applicants/ accused abducted his son, applicant -according to status report could not disclose the source and that non-applicants/ accused herein have gone out of territorial limits of UT of J&K for the last one year. Status report gets closed with the remark that applicant is only making allegations and not disclosing the name of source and also could not produce material witnesses in support of his allegations. It is also admitted in the status report that because of Covid-19 pandemic, investigation from outside the district could not be carried out and it is stated that efforts are going on to investigate the matter as per mandate of law to trace out the missing person.“All that status report indicated is that the police is either reluctant to register the first information report or is clueless as to what is to be done in the matter and on account of this in-decision of police concerned, it is the process of justice which is being obfuscated. After all, investigation is the first step in administration of criminal justice”, the court observed.
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