Three people with alleged links to the Lashkar-e-Toiba have been arrested for allegedly killing a salesman working for a Kashmiri Pandit businessman in Srinagar earlier this month, police said on Tuesday.
They have been identified as Aejaz Ahmad Lone, Naseer Ahmad Shah, and Showkat Ahmad Dar of Pulwama district in south Kashmir, a police spokesperson said.
Militants killed civilian Ibrahim Ahmad, a salesman at Sandeep Mawa’s shop, near the Bohri Kadal area of Srinagar in the second week of November, he said.
A case under relevant sections of the law was registered at the Maharaj Gunj police station, and a special investigation team was constituted to investigate the crime, the official said.
During the course of the investigation, officers learned about the involvement of Lone, Shah, and Dar, he said.
“They were subsequently arrested in the instant case, and during questioning, they confessed that they were involved in the commission of the crime,” the spokesperson added.
Preliminary investigations revealed all three are linked to proscribed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba and that they executed the attack on the directions of their handler from across the border, he said.
“It was further revealed that the arrested trio has been in touch with Pakistan-based handlers for the last four months. On their disclosure, the weapon of offense – a pistol and seven rounds of ammunition – and other incriminating materials, including a grenade, have been recovered,” the official said.
The car which was used by the trio in the commission of the crime has also been seized, he added.