Police on Wednesday claimed to have solved the murder of a 19-year-old youth, which led to violent protests and strikes in the Kashmir valley last week, by arresting two of his gymnasium-mates including the one who had allegedly killed him following a feud over a girl.
The probe into the killing of Asrar Mushtaq was conducted by the outgoing team of Srinagar range comprising Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) B Srinivas, DIG Muneer Khan and SSP S Ahfadul Mujtaba.
They had been working on this case and certain leads were received from the mobile phone records of the deceased, which had been switched off after his death on July 3.
Giving details about the killing of the youth, which had brought Kashmir valley to a standstill for three days after his body was recovered from Rainawari area on July 8, police said there was a verbal dual between the deceased and his alleged killer Imran, a student himself, over a girl.
The arrest has put an end to the claims of separatists and second rung mainstream politicians that Mushtaq was allegedly killed in police custody.
Imran, who was arrested late last night, has allegedly told the police during interrogation that Asrar had been making advances towards his girlfriend (whose identity has not been disclosed).