Dar, 20, was killed on Tuesday night in Ashtengoo-Naar area of Bandipora, 55 km from Srinagar. The family and neighbours of Dar said he was “taken away by army personnel” when he was returning home after offering late evening prayers at the mosque. Dar, who was working in a cement factory in Srinagar, was visiting home during Ramzan.
“He was a pious man and a member of Tablighi Jamaat (a non-political Islamic group preaching social aspects of Islam). He had a flowing beard and that is why army men killed him for rewards,” said a friend and neighbour of Dar. “He had torture marks all over his body.”