Police officer from Samboora Pulwama killed
The slain police officer Farooq Ahmad

SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday claimed to have worked out the case involving killing of Sub Inspector Farooq Ahmad in Samboora Pampore by arresting three persons including the cousin brother’s son of the deceased.

“Police have solved the case of SI Farooq Ahmad’s killing by arresting three accused persons involved in the commission of crime,” a police spokesperson said in a statement. “Incriminating material including a pistol was recovered from their possession.”

He said during the course of investigation of case (FIR No. 71/2022) of Police Station Pampore pertaining to killing of SI Farooq Ahmad at Samboora Pampore, several suspects were called for questioning. However, he said, the three suspects were “zeroed in and whose role in the case was proved”.

Subsequently, they were arrested in the instant case and have been identified as Arsalaan Bashir alias Faisal son of Bashir Ahmad Dar, Tawkeer Manzoor son of Manzoor Ahmad Mir and Owais Mushtaq son of Mushtaq Ahmad Ganie, all residents of Samboora Pampore.

“During the course of investigation, it was revealed that the accused trio had hatched a criminal conspiracy with one (militant) namely Majid Nazir Wani of Ladhoo (killed in Tujjan Pulwama operation on June 21, 2022) and had extended corroborated support to (him) in execution of the murder,” he said, adding, “All the three accused involved in the killing are very close neighbours of the SI Farooq Ahmad. While as accused Tawkeer Manzoor is Mir’s cousin brother’s son.”

He said “incriminating materials, one Pistol and other ammunition have been recovered from their possession.” Further investigation into the matter is in progress, he said.

IGP Kashmir appreciated the role of Awantipora and Pulwama Police for jointly solving this case, the spokesperson added.

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