Babar Qadri (Twitter) | Photo credit: Twitter
- Qadri had told the police in his last social media post that his life was in danger
- He was shot in the head by gunmen on September 24
Srinagar: In a major breakthrough in the murder of J&K attorney and TV panelist Babar Qadri, the three inmates told police that the order for his assassination attempt on September 24th came from “Srinagar Central Prison”. The trio also announced the names of the people who ordered the assassination.
A special team made up of Jammu and Kashmir police to investigate the murder of the lawyer and TV panelist also arrested two men from Srinagar Central Prison and identified them as Muneer Aziz War aka Qari, son of an Abdul Aziz- War of Hatmulla Kupwara and Tawseef Ahmed Shah, son of Ghulam Mohammad Shah from Parimpora, Srinagar. The police are investigating how these people gave orders from inside the central prison.
The two people arrested were in jail for falling rocks and murder. The police are also investigating whether someone outside the prison ordered them to carry out Qadri’s murder.
Qadri had warned of the threat to his life
Qadri was shot dead in his Hawal residence on September 24th by two masked men who entered his home posing as customers. They reportedly told Qadri they wanted to discuss an accident-related matter, but they took out pistols and fired in his head. Qadri was taken to the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute for Medical Sciences (SKIMS) hospital in Srinagar, but he was pronounced “dead”.
In his last tweet on September 21, Qadri tagged J&K police saying that his life was threatened. “I am asking the state police to register FIR against this Shah Nazir who was promoting the fake campaign that I work for agencies for. This untrue statement can pose a threat to my life,” he said.