Former Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen chief found dead inside mosque in Srinagar

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A former Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen chief, who was an accused in the Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadith leader Showkat Shah murder case, was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside a mosque here on Thursday, police officials said.

Abdul Gani Dar alias Abdullah Gazali, a resident of Beerwah in Budgam district, was found dead inside the Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadith mosque at Maisuma in the city, the officials said. Dar was the chief of militant outfit Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM) in the 1990s.

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A police spokesman said information about a murder of a person inside a mosque in the Maisuma area was received in the afternoon.

“Accordingly, senior police officers visited the crime spot and retrieved the body of an individual.

“The killed person was identified as Abdul Gani Dar alias Gani Gazali, aged about 80 years,” the spokesman said.

The police officials said there were injury marks on the head of Dar.