National Investigating Agency (NIA)

KISHTWAR — The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday claimed that they have arrested a key conspirator in the Parihar brother’s killing case in Kishtwar area of Jammu and Kashmir.

The arrested “key conspirator” was identified as Malik Noor Muhammad Fayyaz and as per NIA statement, he was arrested by the anti-militant agency on Tuesday in connection with the case which was initially registered on November 1, 2018 at Police Station Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Fayyaz was produced in NIA Special Court, Jammu on Wednesday and taken into NIA police remand for three days.

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Anil Kumar Parihar and his brother Ajit Kumar Parihar were killed by unknown criminals who were shot at point-blank range when they were returning home after closing their shop.

The NIA had re-registered the case on November 28, 2018 and taken over the investigation.

Earlier in this case, NIA charge-sheeted seven persons including three slain militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen namely Osama-bin-Javid, Haroon Abbas Wani, Zahid Hussain and four arrested accused persons namely Nisar Ahmed Sheikh, Nishad Ahmed Butt, Azad Hussain Bagwan and Rustam Ali, all residents of Kishtwar in NIA Special Court, Jammu on August 15 last year.

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In a statement issued here, NIA claimed that the investigation had revealed that he was the co-conspirator for reviving the militancy in Chenab valley.

It added that Malik Noor had also visited Assam and Nagaland along with slain Hizbul Mujahideen militants Osama-bin-Javid for procurement of the weapons.

The agency also said that the accused was instrumental in motivating and recruiting youth into the folds of militancy.

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