Bandipora: A decapitated body of a local youth was recovered from the Jehlum near Gulshan Abad area of Hajin in Bandipora district on Sunday morning.
A police official said that the body was recovered early morning after locals found it floating in the river.
He said that the slain youth was later identified by his family as Muzaffar Ahmad Parrey alias Muzaffar Nata son of Farooq Ahmad Parrey, a resident of Parrey Mohalla, Hajin.
“The family identified him from the clothes he was wearing. The body was handed over to his family after medical and legal formalities,” he said.
Meanwhile, local residents and relatives and family members of the youth were shell shocked by the gruesomeness of the killing.
His family members refused to talk to the media.
Muzaffar, a butcher by profession, was buried in a local graveyard amid pro-freedom slogans.
Sources said that Muzaffar had been an over ground worker of the Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit and had been arrested by police several months ago.
“He was under police custody for three months at police station Hajin. On Thursday this week he went missing,” they said.
They said that his photos of a couple of months ago, in which he is seen holding an AK-47 rifle, went viral on social networking sites.
His cousin Rameez Ahmad told Greater Kashmir that Muzaffar was a pious Muslim and was passionate about “Kashmir’s freedom struggle”.
“He was always looking for an opportunity to join militant ranks. On Thursday last week, when he went missing, he had dinner with me at my home and left for Isha (night) prayers. Since then he didn’t return,” he said.
He said that on Friday morning Muzaffar’s family inquired about him, saying he had not been home since Thursday.
“I told them he had left for Isha prayers after finishing dinner here. We did not lodge any missing report as we thought he might have joined militant ranks as he was always looking for an opportunity,” Rameez said.
Rameez blamed “Indian agencies” for Muzaffar’s killing.
“They want to create fear among the local youths here who have been supportive of militants in the area. But they won’t succeed,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hajin township observed a complete shutdown on Sunday against the killing of Muzaffar.
All shops and other business establishments were closed and traffic remained off the roads.
Bandipora superintendent of olice Zulfikar Azad said investigation has been initiated into the killing of the youth.
Source: Greater Kashmir