Police cracks cleric’s murder case in 24 hrs

‘Former militant involved in act arrested from Karangar area of Srinagar, initial probe reveals brawl took place over money issue’

Srinagar, Feb 14 : Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday cracked the murder case of 78-year-old cleric, who was found dead inside a mosque at Maisuma area of Srinagar on Thursday, by arresting a former militant from Karanagar area of City.

A police officer told wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that after taking the help of footage of Close Circuit Television sets (CCTVs) and human intelligence, a special team of Maisuma police launched a massive manhunt and finally succeeded in nabbing the culprit from Karanagar area of Srinagar.

“Yes, we have arrested a person identified as Ghulam Mohiudin Dar son of Abdul Gani Dar, a resident of Dalgate area of Srinagar. He is a former militant,” the officer said. He said that questioning of the arrested person is on and initial investigations reveal that the cleric was killed after a brawl over money matter. “Things will be clear within a day or two,” he said.

On Thursday, 78-year-old cleric of Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith (JeA) Abdul Gani Dar alias Gani Ghazali of Rusu, Budgam was found dead at a mosque at Maisuma area of Srinagar. Police had stated that the death of Dar was caused after he was hit on his head. Police had registered an FIR number 3 under section 302 IPC at police station Maisuma.