A superb strike as Mendhar police get to the killers of Shenaaz the lady teacher who was killed for no fault of hers!
-‘In this crime thriller which took place in the lap of the mountains, fields at brooks in the extravagantly place Keri Gulutta was executed by the wolf by the name of Irfaan Manhas a cop by profession, the Blair witch the manufacturer of the project was Zarina Begum (Irfaan’s mother), the red rose turned white after strangulation was Shenaaz Akhter (the lady teacher) and the little Red Riding Hood was the Class two kid Mehr-ul-Nisa who came up with the first genuine tracer bullet clue regarding the closes. She is studying in Yasin Academy which is an English Medium school in this beautiful little place. The father of the lady murdered who is also a teacher, lovably called as Master Basheer was the emotional mainstay who wanted justice for her daughter and Sameena (sister of Shehnaaz) was an epitome of serenity who subtly raised her feeble and at that time choked voice for the violence against the ladies in a beautiful place where blood suckers of humans with hidden intents still move around’! Sad but true it is since this murder was a testimony to that!’
Magnificent team work of some great detection, accumulation, assimilation of the data unearthed and finally taking the all important lead made sure that the ruthless executioners were cornered, nabbed and now are being put under some very serious interrogation. The team was led by DIG Rajouri-Poonch Range Vivek Gupta, with important bases being occupied by SSP Poonch Dr. Vinod Koul, DYSP Operations Munish Sharma frisking and sorting out the technical data, DYSP Z A. Jaffri examining the witnesses and seeking every possible evidence, SHO Gursai Niaz Ahmed on the prowl checking out on possibilities and the men trying to get their sources (Khabri) network to work faster than ever. Within 120 Hours the case was cracked apart! All that can be said is that it was superbly done’!
‘ Why did that horrible man from Jammu and Kashmir Police kill his wife with some intricate planning done by his mother is best known to the couple but the better option would have been to call it a day with Shenaaz and the four kids and then proceed on different roads for a better future. But that was not to be and the police man went in for the fatal assumption and has landed himself in a swamp of horrors where he would neither sink nor float and his mother well, nothing but a slur on womanhood’!
‘ In my second story on this murder I did say that kids are innocent at heart. While speaking to Mehar-un-Nisa on the phone (as she desperately wanted to talk to me), I just could feel the impulse of innocence when she asked me who killed my mother? Ammi, was the exact word) I had no answer…..(what I replied, I will come to it later in the script). For that moment I was speechless but then after a pause I asked her please tell me something about your mother and the reply from the wobbly child tongue was, she was a ray of sunshine, a warm summer rain, a bright fire on a cold winter’s day, and now she is dead because she was killed when she was sleeping and I do not know by whom?’. My eyes did get moistened up! The other part of the small emotional talk is in the text as the story goes on.
‘ Perhaps the psyche of Irfaan could be something like this, he must have always said to himself, I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with everyone around me. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy one, I will indulge in the other. It was in this inglorious passion he went for the outrageous. Goddamn stupid man if you did not like her now, you should have let her go by mutual understanding. She was a teacher and would have understood your predicament and rage. But you went for one saber swish to end her life and then went a step further to destroy the evidence and hurl her body away from the house in the dead of the night when the kids were sleeping. Thank the lord they were fast asleep otherwise it could have become a mayhem because the monster was a brainless creature at that time!’
-‘Perhaps the killer arrived from his place of duty in the valley and was awake somewhere till the time Shenaaz went to sleep, He walked in stealthily, checked into each room, then he walked on down the house, he went into the room where his mother was, and then they both walked to where the lady was fast asleep and perhaps whispered in the hiss like the deadly rattlesnake, ‘I want to kill you’! The mother perhaps watched it ecstatically as if her only wish was about to be fulfilled and finally it was’! Shenaaz had been strangled to death but for what?
There’s no such thing as a perfect murder, the cop in Irfaan should have known that. If he thought that as a cop he would escape with it, he was terribly wrong and if he did not know about this adage then all the years in training he had wasted his time for sure. He should have known that the term perfect murder was just a video parlor game which kids play and forget it once the game is over. But it’s rather astonishing that Irfaan was trying to dream one up. Mendhar Police caught up with him. Yes the impatient people whose near and dear one has been ruthlessly slain could say it but there are a lot of unsolved murders. That’s different but they are all solved. Some take years together but cops eventually do solve it and that is for sure! So after enacting the act the ever smiling was dead and in her place stood a cold-blooded killer. But how did things drift to such a horrendous end? Maybe Shehnaaz knew something or perhaps had an idea that all was not well and thus waited for things to settle down and justice prevail.
This I’m saying because the motive is not yet clear but could be one of these (remember could be I said), she was doing well and earning and wanted to educate her children hence she was not dependent on Irfaan as such and maybe this attitude would not have been liked by Zarina, maybe Irfaan was fed up of her and the distances were enlarging and could not be filled up, can be that she knew something about her husband and was reluctant to spell it out, may be Irfaan’s fragile ears would have been filled up with some extreme poison without any logic or could be the fact that it was the husband who was going to be benefited the most after demise of the lady thought that sent him into a senseless elation because the children could not have stayed there in that house and the parents of Shenaaz would have taken them to their own (they have already). The motive has to be one of them because the killing has been carried out by the mother and the son and no one else! Anyway this is all speculation but it cannot be that much off the target! Justice might well prevail in the end, but ordinary people like Shenaaz had no guarantee of surviving that long, perhaps. I might get killed on the whim of some killer. At first she had never thought or imagined of it but the same happened and it was her husband from whom she had four children who was going to do that. The very thought is repulsive!
I. What the Cops who uncovered the case had to say:
In all of history men/women have been taught that killing of humans is an evil thing not to be countenanced by looking solemn, grim and sad. Any man who kills must be destroyed because this is a great sin, maybe the worst we know. And Irfaan Manhas is the killer! This is the version of the cops who investigated this case which began as a blind murder:
They said that the woman, a teacher by profession, was strangled by the policeman along with his mother.
The duo had placed the body at around 100 meters from the residence. Later the police recovered the body of the woman, Shanaz Akhter (teacher) at Keri Gulatta on August 24.
While injury marks were visible, police filed a case (FIR No. 91) under section 302 and 109 of IPC at Police station Gurasi and started the investigation.
Subsequently, the police after some great detection worked out the blind murder case of the woman, a mother of three girls and a son.
SDPO Mendhar Z A Jaffri said that based on the technical and other available evidence, it has found that the woman’s husband, constable Mohammad Irfaan Manhas, had reached home and in the midnight strangulated the wife while she was asleep.
The police officer said that while Irfan (posted with IRP battalion in Batamaloo Srinagar) manually strangled the woman, his mother (mother-in-law of the deceased) held her legs.
After the murder, the son-mother duo tried to destroy evidence and among other things, changed the clothes of the victim woman before placing the body in the dead of night at some 100 meters of the residence.
The officer said. After the murder, Mohammad Irfaan Manhas (the policeman) son of Mohammad Aslam (ex-serviceman) left for Srinagar in a truck in a bid to give impression that he remained on duty, the officer said.
This was an organized crime and criminals have tried to hide /remove all evidences but due sincere efforts of SHO Gursai Niaz Ahmed and technical team of DYSP operation Poonch Manish Sharma and timely guidance and supervision of SSP Poonch Dr Vinod Kumar DIG R/P range Vivek Gupta led to the solving of the blind murder case with in a period of five days.
All that can be said is that it was sheer brilliance, superb knitting of the gathered clues and collation to finally zero on to the killers!
II. What had Mehrul-Nisa told me?
Kids are timid with fragile psyches. They do not know the seriousness of the catastrophe that has taken place in the household. For the little Mehr-ul-Nisa. her two sisters and a brother, hell had frozen over as their mother had been snatched away from them. Today Advocate Nadeem Rafiq Hussein Khan had visited Master Basheer’s house (father of Shenaaz) for condoling the sad occurrence but the kid was pestering him that she wanted to speak to me. So Nadeem called me up and I spoke to her and the first question she asked (I have already told above) was who killed my mother. I paused for a while and then asked her, what is your father’s name, ‘she said with pride that his name was Irfaan Manhas and he is a Policeman. Then I asked, ‘what is your grandmother’s name’, her response was ‘Zarina Begum’. Thereafter I went mum and then asked what your grandfather was doing at that time? The reply was, I do not know because we were sleeping and he too must have been! Then she suddenly said, ‘I know our mother would not come back but I want to see the people who killed our mother and I will request the Police to give them exemplary punishment if possible death by hanging’! I just could not speak any more as she hung the phone and then gave a thought to what she said and it was something like this, ‘what would she think when she comes to know that her father and grandmother were the murderers (although she must have come to know by now as to what they did) and this very thought she is going to carry with her throughout her life and so will the other three would be doing’! Terrible if you think about it!
Finally I will conclude this murder case by saying that like water, life is precious, but most people like Irfaan Manhas and his mother Zarina Begum, through their lack of empathy and emotions, prefer to waste it by snatching the life of others for no reason that is big enough. I have read it in many books as to what the murderers do when spending life sentences in jails, They are very caring for their dying fellow inmates, washing their bed sheet covered bodies, changing their diapers, holding their hands while they take their last breath. This is the other side of death, not the one at the end of a sudden instinctive flash while committing one, but the slow and wrenching kind of death behind bars, leaves plenty of time for hard reflection. That is what destiny has written for the once upon a time cop Irfaan and his mother and his mother!