Police in Jammu and Kashmir claimed to have arrested an active militant of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit who was involved in the murder of an associate for planning a surrender in September last year.
The bullet riddled body of Fayaz Ahmad Bhat was recovered from orchards in Devbugh village of Kunzer on September 19 last year.
The deceased was a resident of Wailoo area of Pattan.
"Prima facie it was established that the deceased was killed by some unidentified person or persons and accordingly Case FIR number 85/2015 under section 302/RPC, 7/27 Arms Act was registered in Police Station Kunzer," said a spokesman.
During the course of investigation, he said, it surfaced that Fayaz was killed by his own associates who were operating with him in Pattan-Kreeri-Kunzer belt.
"It was also revealed that a recycled ex-militant Tariq Ahmad War @ Javaid son of Ghulam Rasool War resident of Karalpora Wailoo Pattan, in order to eliminate deceased Fayaz Bhat hatched a criminal conspiracy along with other militants of HM outfit namely Bilal Ahmad Bhat son of Sonaullah Bhat resident of Takia Batpora, Nisar Ahmad Wani son of Ali Mohammad Wani resident of Adipora Kunzer and Ishfaq Ahmad Lone son of Abdul Rashid Lone resident of Chichilora," said the spokesman.
"This group of militants had developed some acrimony towards Fayaz, accusing him of misappropriation of funds and suspecting him of planning his surrender before Police and Security Forces."
He added that the group of militants killed Fayaz after exchanging heated words in Devbugh on September 18.
"In the incident another militant Nisar Ahmad Wani son of Ali Mohammad Wani resident of Adipora, later killed in an encounter with Police/Security Forces on 21-oct-2015 also sustained gunshot wounds in the retaliatory gun fire by the deceased Fayaz," said the spokesman.
The body of Fayaz, he said, was carried in the Tata mobile load carrier bearing registration number JK04-4364, owned and driven by Sajad Ahmad son of Abdul Ahmad Sheikh resident of Devgug Kunzer, and dumped at the spot where group had met in the orchards of village Devbug the same day at 1700 hrs.
"After dumping the body en-route the injured militant Nisar was taken in the same vehicle to one medical practitioner Mohammad Irfan Ganaie son of Ghulam Mohammad resident of Mulgam Kunzer who provided him medical aid. The vehicle in question has been seized by police and Tariq Ahmad War, Sajad Ahmad Sheikh, Irfan Ganaie have been arrested in the instant case of murder while as another militant Nisar has got killed in an encounter with Police/Security Forces," added the spokesman.
Militants Bilal Ahmad Bhat and Ishfaq Ahmad Wani are still at large and efforts are on to arrest them, he said.