Police on Wednesday claimed that it solved the mysterious killing of a Hizb militant at Kunzar in September last year, stating that the assassination was carried out by his associates over misappropriation of funds and speculation about him (deceased) planning to surrender before police.
Addressing media persons here, DIG Police (North Kashmir) Ghareeb Das said that a bullet ridden body of Hizb militant Fayaz Ahmad Bhat alias Showkat, of Wailoo Pattan was found by police at Devbug Kunzar in September last year.
He said that after the incident, police started investigation during which it was found that a recycled militant identified as Tariq Ahmad War of Kralpora Wailoo Pattan had hatched a conspiracy with three other Hizb militants, Bilal Ahmad Bhat of Takia Batpora, Nissar Ahmad Wani of Adipora Kunzar and Ishfaq Ahmad Lone of Chichilora.
Police said that all the five militants including Fayaz Ahmad met in an orchard at Devbug in Kunzar area on September 8. "During their rendezvous some heated argument took place and Fayaz was killed by them," the DIG said.
"During the incident, in retaliatory firing from Fayaz, Nissar Ahmad also received bullet injury and was later killed by the forces in another incident. The body of Fayaz Ahmad was carried in a Tata mobile and later dumped in the orchard," Ghareeb Das said, adding, "Nissar Ahmad was transported in the same vehicle to a medico for treatment."
"Police have seized the vehicle and arrested Tariq Ahmad War, Sajad Ahmad Sheikh, driver of the vehicle, and Irfan Ahmad Ganaie. However, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Ishfaq Ahmad Wani are still at large," he added.