Indian army-backed gunman who killed 7 of family held after 23 years » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, May 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an Indian army-backed gunman, who has been shielded by the army for the past 23 years after killing of seven members of a family, was eventually arrested by police.

A police official in a statement issued in Srinagar said, a police party associated with Sumbal police station arrested the person namely Wali Mohammad Mir of Saderkoot Bala, Bandipora.

“The accused Wali Mohammad Mir was evading his arrest from last 23 years and was arrested from village Barwala Kangan,” he said.

The Indian army-backed gunman is involved in the brutal murder of seven persons – five men and two women and injuring five others of Saderkoot Bala village on October 05, 1996. Several warrants were issued by the District and Sessions court Judge Bandipora but the accused has been hiding at some ‘unknown’ location till now.

Independent analysts believe that it is impossible for killer Wali Muhammad Mir to evade arrest for so many years without the protection of Indian army, and his arrest might have come as a result of hectic negotiations between police and Indian army.

It is worth mentioning here that notorious Ikhwan force, referred as the Ikhwan, was created by Indian army in occupied Kashmir in mid 90s. It was headed by one Mohammad Yusuf Parray, also better known as Kuka Parray, and carried out killing of hundreds of innocent people including activists and leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir.

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