Srinagar, Apr06: The beheaded body of a 24-year-old man was recovered from Hajin in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Thursday morning, a day after he was abducted by suspected militants.
“The body of Manzoor Ahmed Bhat, who was abducted by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants on the intervening night of April 4 and 5, was found on the outskirts of Hajin early today (Friday),” a police spokesperson said.
Police accused Kashmiri militant Saleem Parrey and his Pakistani associates as the alleged killers of Bhat, a shepherd by occupation.
“Suspected LeT militants abducted Manzoor Ahmed Bhat and his father, Abdul Gaffar, after barging into their house and assaulting their family members on Wednesday night,” the spokesperson said.
Gaffar, however, managed to get away. He is currently hospitalised with bullet injuries sustained during his escape.
This is the second incident in Hajin this week. Muntazir Ahmad Parrey, a 33-year-old private car driver, was found murdered hours after suspected militants abducted him from his father-in-law’s residence in the village on Tuesday. Two women from the household were injured in the attack, and are being treated in a hospital.
Saleem Parrey, who hails from Hajin, had joined militant ranks last summer. Police said he was behind both cases of abduction and murder.
While a number of foreign militants are active in north Kashmir, the southern part of the state is dominated by local militants.