Ummer’s killers led by local Hizbul man wanted for 2 earlier murders, say police
POLICE INVESTIGATING the killing of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, the 22-year-old officer of 2 Raj Rif shot dead at a family wedding in south Kashmir on Tuesday, have told The Indian Express that witnesses have said the killers were led by local Hizbul Mujahideen operative Abbas Ahmad Bhat who was wanted for two earlier homicides, including one of a local doctor.
Bhat, the witnesses said, was accompanied by two local men, Ishfaq Ahmad Thokar and Ghiasul-islam Thokar.
Fayaz, police records show, was shot in the face and abdomen at point-blank range with an Insas 5.56 mm rifle which investigators believe was among several looted last year from police armouries during widespread rioting in rural Kulgam.
Bhat was released on bail in April last year after spending five years in jail under trial for the 2011 murder of Shopian doctor Masood Ahmad who was killed
Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz