Kashmir police say insurgent, who shot dead his ‘friend’, arrested

Police display weapons allegedly recovered from Irshad.

Police in Jammu and Kashmir say a local insurgent, who shot dead his colleague over a ‘sensitive’ matter, has been arrested in Varmul district.

Police claimed that the murder of 25-year-old, Zakir Ahmad from Pattan has been cracke with the arrest of a Hizbul Mujahideen insurgent Irshad Ahmad Bhat.

Zakir was found dead on the outskirts of Mehmoodpora village in Pattan in November, last year, with bullet injuries to his body.

The body of Zakir bore gunshot wounds on chest and prima facie appeared to be the case of murder,” the police said.

Police said: “during the course of investigation it surfaced that the deceased was killed by pistol fire by one of his acquaintances who had affiliations with insurgents. “Evidence –both oral and circumstantial– pointed towards the involvement of Irshad,” police added.

The accused and victim were know to each other from a long time, the police said. “They had fallen out on some sensitive issue which led to heated argument and thereafter Irshad fired upon Zakir point blank from his pistol which hit the chest of victim and he died on spot,” police said.

The accused had joined militant ranks after killing of his militant father Fayaz Ahmad Bhat in a group rivalry way in 2015,” police added.

Irshad was arrested in a joint operation of police, army and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force.

Police claimed that Irshad had also fired at two people who were gambling during a shutdown in Gundaripora in October, last year. “Both the person had received gunshot wounds but survived after immediate hospitalization,” police said.

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