Blind murder solved, accused arrested in J

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Srinagar, Jun 23 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir police claimed today to have solved a blind murder case when they arrested two alleged accused a police spokesman said.

He said a written complaint was received from an Army patrolling party that a dead body of an unidentified civilian was lying in a Nallah at Chaliwan near Brar in Bandipora.

He said after all legal formalities and postmortem, the body was handed over to local Jamia Auqaf Nassu for burial.

The investigation of the case was set in motion and statements of witnesses were recovered.

However, on July 22, one Nazir Ahmad Sheikh of Draway Kokernag in south Kashmir approached the police station Bandipora claiming that the deceased was his missing brother Mohammad Ashraf Sheikh.

Investigations revealed that one Reyaz Ahmad Chachi, resident of Chitaybanday, who is arrested in a case in Budgam, had planned to kill Ashraf with one Tahir Pattan.

He said Tahir Pattan was arrested later and during the questioning both the persons admitted of their involvement in the killing of Sheikh.

However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a partner in the coalition government, demanded inquiry into the killing of Ashraf while chairman of the breakaway Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani said it was a killing in a fake encounter.

UNI BAS QAB RSA RN1822

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