A TADA court in Jammu on Friday summoned Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of former Union home minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, on July 15 for recording her statement in a case related to her abduction in 1989.
Kashmiri separatist leader and head of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Yasin Malik is an accused in the case. Significantly, TADA Court Presiding Officer Ashwani Kumar Sharma’s directions came days after a Delhi court had awarded life imprisonment to Malik in a terror funding case.
Rubaiya is one of the prosecution witnesses in the case involving Malik and nine others against whom the court had framed charges in January last year, more than 31 years after her abduction.
The nine others include Ali Mohammad 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.
The case is, at present, at evidence stage, with CBI counsel Monica Kohli presenting prosecution evidence against the accused before the court.
While Yasin Malik, Ali Mohammad, Gandroo, Sofi, Sheikh and Pahloo have committed the offences of entering into a criminal conspiracy, kidnapping Rubaiya with an intention 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, Mohammad Zaman, Javed Ahmed, Bashir and Bakshi have been charged with criminal conspiracy, keeping Rubaiya under wrongful confinement and provisions of the TADA Act.
These 10 accused are among the two dozen accused named by the CBI in its chargesheet filed before the TADA court. Among the others, Mohammad Rafiq Dar and Mushtaq Ahmed Lone are dead and 12 others are absconding.
The absconders include Halima, Javed Iqbal Mir, Mohammad Yaqub Pandit, Riyaz Ahmed Bhat, Khursheed Ahmed Dar, Basharat Rehman Noori, Tariq Ashraf, Shafat Ahmed Shangloo, Manzoor Ahmed, Gulam Mohammad Taploo, Abdul Majeed Bhat and Nissar Ahmed Bhat.
According to the CBI chargesheet, in the first week of December 1989, the accused entered into a criminal conspiracy to kidnap Rubaiya, then undergoing resident rotatory internship training in Lal Ded Hospital at Srinagar, for ensuring the release of their five associates lodged in different jails.
The CBI chargesheet has said they borrowed a blue car from one of the accused, Ghulam Mohammad, and some of them assembled in the house of accused Mushtaq Ahmed Lone on December 8,1989 and deliberated upon the plan to kidnap her when she is on her way back from the hospital to her residence at Nowgam Bye Pass, Srinagar.
Thereafter, all the accused, except Mohammad Zaman Mir, reached the hospital gate and split into smaller groups, according to the CBI. To enable them to identify Rubaiya, accused Yasin Malik pointed towards her, the chargesheet said. The accused intercepted on gunpoint the mini bus in which she was travelling, it added. From there, Rubaiya was made to board a car and kept in captivity till five JKLF militants were released from different jails in exchange of her release.