December 2017 News

Burhan Aide, 4 Others Behind Jawan's Killing

6 December 2017
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Suhail A Shah

Anantnag: The police in Shopian district of south Kashmir have arrested one person and named four militants - one of them a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander and an associate of Burhan Wani - in the gruesome abduction and murder of an off-duty Territorial Army man on November 24. Sepoy Irfan Dar (23), a resident of Sazan village in Shopian district, was abducted near his house on November 24 evening. His bullet-riddled body was found in an orchard the next morning. Posted in north Kashmir's Uri, Irfan was home on a vacation. He was the second Army man, after Lt Ummer Fayaz, to have been abducted and murdered while on vacation. During the course of investigation into Irfan's murder, Muzammil, a daily wage earner and a resident of Shirmal village in Shopian district, was recently arrested, the police announced today. 'He has confessed to having lured Irfan to a secluded place, where the militants fired at him and killed him on the spot,' said SSP, Shopian, Sri Ram Dinkar. He said that the police had gathered some vital technical evidence in the case and a legal proceeding had been initiated. 'Obviously we are also on the lookout for the militants Muzammil has named,' Dinkar said. The police have named top Hizb commander Saddam Padder and his associates Bilal Mohand, Towseef and an unidentified militant for murdering the jawan. 'One militant remains unidentified because Muzammil did not know his name,' Dinkar said. Padder has been an active militant since September 2015 and is described as category A++ militant in police records. A close associate of slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani, Padder's name has also featured in the most wanted list released by the Army earlier this year.