The bullet-riddled body of a policeman, who was kidnapped by a group of militants on Thursday evening, was found in a village in Kulgam district on Friday.
A police official said the body of Javed Ahmad Dar, found at Pariwan village, bore torture marks.
Dar, 28, was recruited as a constable in 2012 during a special recruitment drive by Jammu and Kashmir Police and was posted with SSP Shopian Shailendra Mishra who was recently transferred from the area and is awaiting orders for his posting.
On late Thursday evening, four militants kidnapped Dar from his native village of Vehil in Shopian district when he was walking into a pharmacy wearing a pheran.
Soon, government forces launched a rescue operation in and around the district but to no avail.
Before his internment, the body of Dar was taken to District Police Lines Shopian where senior police officials paid him floral tributes.
This is the third incident of its kind in southern Kashmir in less than two months. On June 14, militants kidnapped a soldier, Aurangzeb, from Kalampora village of Pulwama. His bullet-riddled body was found in neighbouring Gusoo village.
On the same day, a police constable working as munshi with Special Operations Group camp Pulwama was abducted from his native village of Lassipora. He, however, was released later.
Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen shot at and injured a local cleric in Parigam village of Pulwama district on Friday.
A police official said that unknown gunmen fired at Molvi Muhmmad Ashraf Thokar, a resident of Bijbehara, soon after Fajr prayers.
Ashraf received bullets in his abdomen and was shifted to the SMHS Hospital, Srinagar, for treatment, he said.
Militants attack CRPF camp in Pulwama
Militants hurled a grenade at CRPF camp in Tahab village of Pulwama district on Friday evening.
A sentry on duty retaliated by resorting to aerial firing, a police official said. There were no casualties on any side.
A resident of the area told Greater Kashmir on the condition of anonymity that panic gripped the area as CRPF personnel fired hundreds of shots towards residential houses. GKNN