Congress activist’s son killed ‘over property feud’

Baramulla: A Congress activist Saturday blamed a property feud with his brother for his son’s assassination by unknown gunmen on Friday night.
Khazir Mohammad Naikoo, the Congress activist whose son Nazir Ahmad was shot dead outside his house in Seelu area of Sopore, said that three gunmen barged into his house and sprayed a volley of bullets at the inmates, leading to the death of his son and injuries to his nephew.
“I was in the kitchen along with my sons and other family members when three gunmen barged in and started firing indiscriminately. Nazir was hit by several bullets and he died on the spot, while my nephew Shabir was also injured. He is battling for life at the SKIMS,” Naikoo told reporters.
He alleged that among the assailants was his brother’s brother- in-law Raja Khan of Mundji, Sopore, whose mask got removed when he was rushing out of the house.
“We took refuge behind the kitchen counter to escape bullets. However, we were able to identify Raja when he fell on the ground and his mask was lifted. My son was killed because I have a dispute with my brother,” he said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people participated in the funeral prayers of the slain man on Saturday morning. He was laid to rest at ancestral graveyard Seelu.
Police officials said that six brothers were among seven people picked in a series of raids in Mundji following the killing of the Congress activist’s son.
The detainees have been identified as Lateef Ahmad Khan, son of Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Khan, Meraj-ud-Din Khan alias Raja Khan and his five brothers—Firdous Ahmad, Imtiyaz Ahmad, Abid Ahmad, Ishfaq Ahmad and Ayub Ahmad—sons of Sardar Khan, of Taki Khan village of Mundji, Sopore.
“Raja has been arrested in connection with the killing. Besides him, some more people were picked up for questioning. The investigations are in progress,” a senior police official, insisting not to be named, told Kashmir Reader.