Militant accused of double murder arrested in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 5 (IANS) A Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant allegedly involved in the murder of a former militant and his three-year old son was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday, police said.

“Sopore police have cracked the mysterious killings of father-son duo by apprehending a Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Towheed Bashir Mir,” a police officer here told IANS.

Towheed Bashir Mir is the son of Bashir Mir, a resident of Younsoo in Sopore.

“Towheed was the main accused who shot and killed surrendered militant Bashir Ahmed Bhat and his three years old son,” the officer said.

Police have already arrested Tahir Bashir Sheikh alias Tahir Malla, an accomplice of Towheed, soon after the killings in September 2015.

Towheed was apprehended while he was travelling from Srinagar to Handwara. A special investigating team (SIT) was constituted to crack the double murder.

The motive behind Bashir Ahmed Bhat’s killing appeared to be the fact that he was an ex-militant who had surrendered.

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