Body of slain militant’s cousin found in paddy field

Body of slain militant’s cousin found in paddy field
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SHOPIAN: Bearing torture marks, the body of a young man who lived in Heff village in Shopian district was found lying in a paddy field near Arwani petrol pump in Rakh-Moman village of Kulgam district on Monday.
Identified to be of Tariq Ahmad Mohand, son of Ghulam Hassan Mohand, resident of Heff village, the body was found by locals of Rakh-Moman village who informed the police.
A resident of Heff village who knew the deceased told Kashmir Reader that Tariq was 24, a carpenter by profession, and the cousin of slain militant Bilal Ahmad Mohand who was killed in May this year at Badigam village in Kulgam along with four of his associates including Hizb commander Sadam Padder, also a resident of Heff village.
“He was married some eight months ago and was missing since Sunday evening,” the Heff resident said.
Medical Superintendent of sub-district hospital Shopian, Dr Zahoor Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader that a post-mortem was being conducted on the body. “We cannot yet say whether there were bullet or knife marks on his body,” he said.
A doctor who was conducting the post-mortem told Kashmir Reader that there were no bullet wounds but torture and knife injuries on the body.
A police officer said that the body has been handed over to the family and an investigation started by police.