Rubaiya Sayeed kidnapping case: Eyewitness identifies JKLF chief Yasin Malik

The eyewitness also identifies another accused in the case

SRINAGAR | Updated: 24 February, 2023 7:03 pm IST
JKLF chief Yasin Malik

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik was identified on Friday as an accused by an eyewitness in the 1989 kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed, the daughter of the then Union home minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Malik appeared via videoconferencing before a special court on Friday, February 24.

The eyewitness also stated that he had gone to Sopore in the Baramulla district of North Kashmir at the time of the kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed and identified the place and persons connected with it.

The prosecution termed Yasin’s identification as a major success for their side.

Giving details of the proceedings, senior public prosecutor SK Bhat said, “Today, there was a case of Yasin Malik before the special judge of TADA court about the Rubaiya Sayeed kidnapping case. We had scheduled interviews with two eyewitnesses, numbers 7 and 13.Eyewitness number 13 was present in court and eyewitness number 7 could not attend due to health reasons.”

He further stated that “the statement of the eyewitness (13) was recorded and Malik was present during the examination through virtual mode”. He added that the other accused in the case were also present in court.

The eyewitness, who identified Malik, also identified another accused, Mohammad Zaman, in the open court, Bhat added.

He said the eyewitness admitted that he had gone to Sopore, along with another eyewitness, a day after the kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed.

“As per his statement, he met two accused at the Khan guest house there and identified both the accused, which is a major achievement for the prosecution,” he said.

Of the two accused, Ali Mohammad Mir had taken Rubaiya Sayeed in his vehicle to Sopore from Srinagar and kept her in the Khan guest house, Bhat further said.

Malik, who is lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail and is serving a jail term in a terror financing case, was not physically produced in court due to a Ministry of Home Affairs order restricting his movement.

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