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Police officer’s killing: his nephew among three held, says police

Three people, including a relative, have been arrested in connection with the killing of a police officer in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district earlier this month, a spokesperson said on Saturday.

Sub-Inspector Farooq Ahmad was shot dead near his home in Pulwama district on the intervening night of June 16 and 17. His body was found in a paddy field.

Accused Arsalaan Bashir alias Faisal, Tawkeer Manzoor, and Owais Mushtaq, all residents of Samboora Pampore, are the officer’s neighbors. In fact, Manzoor is his nephew, the spokesperson said.

They allegedly killed Ahmad at the behest of militant Majid Nazir Wani of Ladhoo, who was killed in the Tujjan Pulwama encounter on June 21, the spokesperson added.

During the course of the investigation, several suspects were called for questioning and the three suspects were zeroed in on. Their role in the killing was proved, he said.

Incriminating materials, a pistol, and ammunition have been recovered from their possession and further investigation is underway, he said.

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