The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday arrested two detainees from Central Jail Srinagar after their names surfaced in the Babar Qadri’s murder case, Daily Excelsior reported, quoting unnamed officials.
An official told the Jammu-based daily that police arrested two persons with custody taken from Central Jail Srinagar, in connection with Babar Qadri murder case (FIR Number 62/2020 u/s 302 IPC, 7/27 Arms Act and 16/18 UAPA) registered in Police Station Lal Bazar in Srinagar.
He identified them as Muneer Aziz War alias Qari, son of Abdul Aziz War, a resident of Hatmulla Kupwara and Tawseef Ahmad Shah, son of Ghulam Mohammad Shah, a resident of Parimpora Srinagar. They were under detention at Central Jail Srinagar.
Earlier, police had arrested three persons accused in Qadri’s killing — Shahid Shafi Mir of Khanyar in Srinagar, Zahid Farooq Khan of Nowhatta in Srinagar and Asif Bhat of Rehmania Colony in Srinagar.
They were arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by SP Hazratbal, that was formed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, a day after the killing of Qadri on September 24 this year.
Daily Excelsior quoted an official as saying that all the three were identified by family members of Qadri and their domestic help and sent to judicial remand to Central Jail Srinagar till December 26.
He said that the trio stated that they received directions from two persons lodged in Central Jail Srinagar for the killing of Qadri.
The official said that police on Wednesday took over the custody of Tawseef and Muneer after court orders to ascertain whether the trio who levelled allegations against them are true or false, adding that the duo is being questioned.
The official said that Zahid Farooq Khan was a chronic stone pelter and was detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) in August last year and was released recently. Tawseef Ahmad Shah is jailed in a militancy-related case and Muneer Aziz War in a murder case.
Police are now investigating whether and how Tawseef and Muneer passed directions to the trio for the killing of Qadri.
Advocate Qadri was shot dead on September 24 at his residence in Hawal area of Srinagar by two masked men who entered into his residence as clients with files in their hands. They told Qadri that they had to discuss some accident-related case but fired at this head with pistols.
He was rushed to the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar only to be declared as brought dead. He frequently appeared in television debates as a participant.