Two weeks after acid attack,
Two weeks after the acid attack on a female law student in Srinagar, the family of one of the perpetrators forced him to surrender to the police. Mohammad Omar, son of Noor Mohammad of Bemina, had thrown acid on the girl on December 11 for allegedly rejecting his advances.
Had it not been for Omar’s family, Jammu and Kashmir Police would have still been hunting for him and the mastermind behind the attack, Irshad Ahmad Wani of Wazir Bagh. “It was a challenging case for us to solve, but the culprit’s family has been very cooperative,” said IGP (Kashmir Range) A G Mir.
According to police, the victim was not in a position to tell them anything. Mir said during the course of their investigation, police checked 451 Maruti vehicles and went through footage of traffic of the area.
“We questioned many people and then zeroed in on one suspect – Irshad — who had been stalking the victim for some time,” Mir said. He said Irshad’s sustained interrogation led to Omar’s identity being revealed, and Omar had committed the crime at Irshad’s behest.
“After the victim spurned his advances, Irshad roped in his friend and business partner Omar to. They jointly ran a store for spare parts and servicing of vehicles. Irshad, the senior partner in the business, used to source raw material from the open market. He obtained 40 litres of distilled water and two litres of concentrated sulphuric acid from a shop in Batamaloo on December 4,” Mir said.
Irshad then carefully planned every step of the gruesome attack, and had recced the crime site on at least seven occasions to plan the attack down to the minutest detail. On December 11, Omar carried out the horrendous attack almost perfectly, and had borrowed his uncle’s car for the day.
“After carrying out the dastardly act, Omar returned home with burn injuries on his right hand and cooked up a story saying the car had been involved in an accident. Both Omar and Irshad then fled the area,” Mir said, adding Irshad was traced to Jammu.