78-year-old cleric killed by former militant over money: Police

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Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday cracked the murder case of 78-year-old cleric, who was found dead inside a mosque at Maisuma area of Srinagar on Thursday, by arresting a former militant from Karanagar area of City.

A police officer said that after taking the help of footage of Close Circuit Television sets (CCTVs) and human intelligence, a special team of Maisuma police launched a massive manhunt and finally succeeded in nabbing the culprit from Karanagar area of Srinagar.

“Yes, we have arrested a person identified as Ghulam Mohiudin Dar son of Abdul Gani Dar, a resident of Dalgate area of Srinagar. He is a former militant,” the officer said. He said that questioning of the arrested person is on and initial investigations reveal that the cleric was killed after a brawl over money matter. “Things will be clear within a day or two,” he said.

On Thursday, 78-year-old cleric of Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith (JeA) Abdul Gani Dar alias Gani Ghazali of Rusu, Budgam was found dead at a mosque at Maisuma area of Srinagar. Police had stated that the death of Dar was caused after he was hit on his head. Police had registered an FIR number 3 under section 302 IPC at police station Maisuma. (KNO)

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