Militant comander-turned-cleric found dead inside mosque

Agencies. Updated: 2/14/2020 10:27:18 AM Front Page

SRINAGAR: A prominent cleric and former militant commander was found murdered in a mosque in Srinagar.
He has been identified as 80-year-old Abdul Ghani Dar alias Abdullah Ghazali who was a prominent Ahle Hadees cleric and was also one of the founding members of militant outfit Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that he was hit with a blunt object on the head inside the Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadith mosque in Maisuma and died instantly.
J&K Police is scanning footage of CCTVs installed in and outside the mosque.
"A case has been registered and investigations have started," SSP, Srinagar, Haseeb Mughal said, adding "We are collecting all the evidences."
“Photography and video recording of the crime spot was carried out besides team members from FSL were called on the spot for the examination of scene of the crime. Following the scientific procedures of investigation, circumstantial evidences and samples were lifted from the scene of the crime for the purpose of the investigation,” a police spokesman added.
“Police have registered a case in this regard. Further investigation in the matter is in progress.
“We assure community members that investigation in the matter will be fast-tracked in a professional and impartial manner,” said the spokesman.
Dar was a co-accused in the assassination of Maulana Showkat, head of Jamiat Ahle Hadees, who was killed in a blast in 2011. He had got bail in the case in 2015.

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