Police raid residences of three lawyers in connection with Babar Qadri murder
Srinagar, Aug 24: Police on Wednesday carried out raids at the residences of three lawyers, including former J&K High Court Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom, and seized digital devices, bank statements and other documents as part of the probe into the killing of an advocate two years ago.
“Srinagar police conducting searches at residence of Adv Mian Qayoom, Adv Manzoor Dar and Adv Muzzaffar Mohd in connection with further #investigation of #murder of Adv Babar Qadri, FIR No 62/2020 of PS Lal Bazar,” Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar said in a tweet.
A police spokesman said all legal formalities were followed during the searches at four locations — two in Barzulla, one each in Brein-Nishat and Maisuma — of three advocates in connection with advocate Babar Qadri killing case.
“Digital devices, bank statements, property sale agreement papers, suspicious books and other relevant material were seized during the searches,” the spokesman said.
A posse of policemen arrived at Qayoom’s Barzulla residence early in the morning to carry out the searches.
Advocate Qadri was shot dead by terrorists inside his residence in the city’s Hawal area in September 2020. In this regard a case under FIR number 62/2020 was registered in Police Station Lal Bazar under sections 16,18,20,39 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), Section 302 of IPC, Sections 7, 27 of the Arms Act.
Qadri, who was a vocal critic of the Bar Association leadership, particularly of Qayoom, had claimed threat to his life three days before he was shot dead.
According to police, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Saqib Manzoor, who was killed in an encounter last year, was responsible for Qadri’s killing. Police have filed a charge-sheet against five persons who are facing trial in the case.
“The searches were conducted during further investigation in the case wherein certain new evidence came up that have the potential to unravel the conspiracy part in this killing,” the spokesman added.
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