Srinagar: A local court has dropped proceedings against Major Avtar Singh, the prime accused in the murder of a Kashmiri human rights activist, after Crime Branch submitted his death certificate.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar Rajeev Gupta yesterday dropped the proceedings against Major Singh, who was declared a fugitive in the 1995 murder case of advocate Jaleel Andrabi, after the Crime Branch submitted his death certificate to the court.
The retired Army major had committed suicide in the United States in June last year after killing his two children and wife.
He had fled the country to Canada after a non-bailable warrant was issued against him.
Major Singh had managed to enter the United States and was living illegally in California. A marital dispute with his wife last year had given away his identity and the court had directed the state government to get him extradited to face trial in Andrabi`s murder case.