Srinagar: Militants on Sunday late evening shot dead a former pro-India Ikhwan commander at Hajin area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Ikhwan group, popularly referred to as the Ikhwan and locally known as “naabedh”, is a pro-government militia in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, composed of surrendered Kashmiri militants. They have been paid and supported by Indian security agencies to counter on going struggle for liberation of Jammu & Kashmir from India. Ikhwan group was established by Indian agencies in mid 90’s and since then it has killed thousands of civilians and rebels mostly the supporters and activists of Jamat e Islami and Hizbul Mujahideen.
Official sources told news agency GNS that Abdul Rashid Parray alias Billa, an Ikhwan Commander was fired upon by a group of suspected militants near his residential house at Hajin at around 10:20 pm.
Parray was immediately rushed to the nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, they said.
According to GNS, Parray was wanted in connection with a number of murder cases including massacre of seven civilians at Saderkote in Bandipora in 1996.
JK High Court had directed police to produce Parray in connection with the massacre but police had been insisting that he was absconding.
The High Court had passed the directions on a petition filed by the families of the civilians belonging to three families and include women and children.
The petition had sought investigation to be completed in FIR 125/1996 registered in concerned police station.
Former public prosecutor shot dead in South Kashmir
Unknown gunmen on Sunday evening shot dead a former public prosecutor at Pinjoora area of Shopian district in south Kashmir.
Official sources told GNS that the gunmen fired upon the former public prosecutor Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan outside his home.
A police official while confirming the incident said that Khan was fired upon soon after he came out from the local masjid after offering Isha prayers.
Khan was rushed to nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, the officer said. (GNS)