As compensation or simply compassion, a suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant has reportedly expressed the desire to marry an unwed sister of a slain policeman in whose killing he is supposed to have had a hand.
Arrested in the October 14 killing case in Srinagar, Muzaffar Ahmad Mir has given the marriage proposal to repent for the killing of an “innocent fellow Kashmiri” at the behest of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-based (PoK-based) Lashkar leader Furqan, his handler.
Police sources privy to the interrogation of Mir told Hindustan Times “the local militant expressed inability to come to terms with the killing of a cop” who had no experience of participating in counter-insurgency activities.
On October 14, immediately after Friday prayers, the militant allegedly alighted near the crowded Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar and fired from a point blank range at constable Sajad Ahmad Parray of the Indian Reserve Police’s 19th Battalion. “The bullet was fired with precision and hit the victim’s neck,” said a police officer investigating the case.
Parray died in hospital later. Mir, in his early twenties, said he had left the spot but did not unlock his pistol or try to hide it. In shock, he headed to his Wangat home, a village near Kangan, 28 km northeast of Srinagar.
Mir has a small library at home with a series of books on Quran and Islam. Son of a farmer, he seems motivated by the Egyptian Muslim brotherhood movement and the 1979 Iranian revolution.
“Mir prayed all night and wept continuously. He also scanned the Quran and other Islamic scriptures to understand if the killing was justified in Islam or not,” a source said.
On being told that the slain policeman, a resident of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, was a recruit of 2010 and is survived by three unwed sisters, a younger brother and aging parents, Mir told his interrogators “he is ready to marry his sister to take care of the entire family to repent for what he did”.
Deputy inspector general (central Kashmir) AG Mir said the militant acted at the behest of LeT operational commander Furqan.
“Furqan directed him to kill policemen in and around Hazratbal in order to unnerve the force, which has broken the back of militancy. Furqan directed him to choose cops who are without arms in busy markets,” Mir said.