Srinagar, Dec 6 (GNS): Police on Wednesday claimed to have cracked murder case of a Territorial Army (TA) soldier in Shopian district by arresting an Over Ground Worker (OGW) allegedly involved in the killing and identifying his three militant accomplices.

“The recent gruesome murder of Sepoy Irfan Dar who was working with 175 Territorial Army has been worked out and one of the co-conspirators has been arrested by the police,” a police official said in a statement issued to news agency GNS. The bullet-riddled body of the Sepoy Irfan was recovered from Wuthmula village on November 25 and consequently a case under FIR No 298/2017 under section 302 RPC and 16 UA (P) act was registered and investigation was taken up, he said.

The police official claimed that the investigation conducted so far has revealed that militants involving Saddam Padder resident of Heff, Bilal Mohand resident of Heff, Touseef resident of Gadbugh and one newly recruited unidentified militant along with arrested accused Muzamil resident of Shirmal hatched a criminal conspiracy to kill the Sepoy Irfan Dar.

“In pursuance of the said criminal conspiracy, on 24th November, the accused Muzamil went to the native village of Irfan and took him to Wuthmula where the above mentioned militants were already present in a nearby orchard. They came out from the orchard and fired at the Sepoy Irfan, resulting in instant death of the victim on the spot,” the official said, adding that all of them fled from the spot after murder.

“The police on the basis of evidence available could unearth the entire chain of conspiracy and finally nabbed accused Muzamil who is presently in custody. The loo out for the other three militants is on and necessary legal proceedings are in progress to complete the investigation of the instant case,” he added.

SSP Shopian AS Dinkar told reporters that Muzamil whom he called an OGW played “an important part” in the murder of army soldier. He said that the militants involved in the murder are affiliated to both Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba outfits. (GNS)