A Jammu and Kashmir policeman bludgeoned a colleague with a stone and threw the body into a river for allegedly assaulting him sexually, officers said on Thursday.
Police registered a case of murder against Aijaz Ahmad, a special police officer (SPO) posted in Srinagar, for killing constable Sameer Kumar.
Kumar allegedly sodomised Ahmad in the car they were travelling in north Kashmir’s Handwara on May 14 to drop a relative of the constable.
Police said a search is on to trace the body in Handwara’s Pohru river.
Ahmed allegedly admitted to killing Kumar after his disappearance. He was the main suspect as the two were friends and often seen together.
Initially, the SPO made up a story that an inebriated Kumar jumped into the river over a failed affair with a girl.
Central Kashmir deputy inspector general of police GH Bhat said the SPO revealed all during sustained questioning.
Ahmed and the constable left for the tourist hub of Pahalgam in south Kashmir on May 13. They allegedly drank alcohol and smoked cannabis, and stayed in the car until sunrise after reaching the town around 3am.
The duo then went to meet Kumar’s uncle, who has to be dropped in north Kashmir’s Kupwara.
“Ahmed revealed that during their journey to Pahalgam, constable Kumar sexually assaulted him and threatened that he would disclose the incident to their colleagues,” Bhat said.
The embarrassment and prospect of living with social stigma allegedly prompted him to plot Kumar’s murder.
The officer said the SPO stopped his car near a bridge across the Pohru on their way from Kupwara, picked up a stone and hit the constable on his face and head.
“Kumar died in a few minutes and he threw the body into the river.”