Baramulla police arrest 2 in shopkeeper's killing case

Baramulla police Tuesday claimed to have solved the murder case of a local youth who was killed by unidentified gunmen on June 30, by arresting two persons.

Police said another youth who had played “key role” in such killing, had later joined militant ranks and was now an active militant of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.

The police identified the arrested persons as Auqib Hajam and Auqib Shalla, both residents of Chesti Colony old town Baramulla.

“A Chinese-made pistol was recovered from the possession of the arrested persons,” police said, identifying the third youth “who later joined militant ranks” as Uzair Amin, a resident of old town Baramulla.

Samir Yousuf Ahanger, 28, a shopkeeper, was killed by unidentified gunmen on June 30 at old town Baramulla. The assailants pumped two bullets, one of which hit the slain civilian in his thigh, resulting in loss of blood, which eventually led to his death.

Following the incident, Baramulla police detained several youths in connection with the killing. “After sustained questioning, name of two youths surfaced in the killing of slain youth. Both of them were arrested and they revealed their role along with another youth in the killing of Samir,” said Abdul Qayoom, SSP Baramulla.

While giving details of the incident, the SSP said the arrested persons, Auqib Shalla and Auqib Hajam along with Uzair Amin, “while pledging to join militant ranks decided to first eliminate some youths who according to their perception were working with police and security forces.”

“Uzair Amin provided the pistol and gave short period training to Auqib. The trio decided to kill Sameer. Auqib fired at the Samir who later succumbed at a Srinagar hospital. On the next day of the incident, Uzair formally joined the militant outfit HM,” the SSP said while addressing media at Police Lines Baramulla.

Replying to a question, the SSP said around four militants, two each from Hizb and LeT outfits, are active in Baramulla police district.

The SSP also claimed to have solved the case of killing of Arjumand Hussain, a shopkeeper who was killed in March.  “Hussain, a drug de-addiction councillor was killed by a gunman of Pakistani origin who was later killed at Watergam Rafiabad during a gunfight,” he said.