Missing Kashmir panchayat member ‘killed by militants’
SRINAGAR: Militants in an audio message claimed to have killed a panchayat member from South Kashmir’s Khanmoh village who has been missing since August 9, police said.
Panchayat member Nisar Ahmad Bhat went missing from Shopian and police have been trying to trace him.a senior police officer said that according to family members, Bhat went to Shopian on Wednesday.
“Since then he has been missing. He (panch) was booked under PSA in 1995. There are 12 FIR against him and efforts are on to trace him.” The officer, however, said the audio clip seems fake. “We are investigating every aspect of this case.”in a 2.56 minute long message purportedly released by militants, they claimed that Bhat has been killed and buried at an unidentified place. An unidentified person is heard saying that the panchayat member was involved in “anti movement” activities” and had met his fate.
The message claimed that the body wasn’t handed over to his family because of Covid-19.