SHOPIAN: Though police officers are refusing to comment, speculations are that the arrests of brothers of three slain militants in Shopian district have been made for questioning over the killing of Tariq Ahmad Mohand, who was abducted from outside his home on July 8 and his body found the next day in a paddy field in neighbouring Kulgam district.
In night raids in Heff village, police arrested Shakir Ahmad Padder, the brother of slain Hizb commander Saddam Padder, and Sayar Ahmad Wani, brother of slain militant Nasir Ahmad Wani. In another raid some four kilometers from Heff, police arrested Suhail Ahmad Sheikh, the brother of slain Hizb militant Irfan-ul-Haq Sheikh, from his home. Irfan was killed at Awneera village of Shopian last year along with the then operational Hizb commander Muhammed Yaseen Yatoo (Gaznavi).
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian Sandeep Choudhary told Kashmir Reader that he will not comment on the arrests of the youths. “We don’t have any comments for that yet,” he said.
Local sources said that the brothers of the slain militants have been arrested for questioning over Tariq Ahmad Mohand’s killing. Tariq was a Heff resident and cousin of slain militant Bilal Ahmad Mohand, who was killed along with Saddam Padder, by government forces in an encounter. Tariq’s body was found with gruesome torture marks. His body was exhumed from the general graveyard and buried at Heff’s “martyrs’ graveyard” after nine militants appeared in Heff and blamed Indian agencies for his killing.