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Dreaded former government gunman Papa Kishtwari dies

Srinagar: Former Ikhwani (government gunman) Papa Kishtwari who was accused of murdering many civilians died at a hospital here, officials said on Thursday.

A local news gathering agency Global News Service (GNS) quoting unnamed officials reported that Ghulam Muhammad Lone alias Papa Kishtwari alias Mumma Lone died at police hospital Srinagar where he was taken from central jail today.

“According to doctors, who attended him, Papa Kishtiwari had suffered a massive heart attack, which he could not survive,” officials said.

Ghulam Mohammad Lone alias Papa Kishtiwari was a dreaded Ikhwani (government gunman) accused of murdering at least 150 civilians in Pampore and surrounding areas alone, over more than 17 years, before his arrest.

He was currently in Central Jail Srinagar in a case where he and his associates were accused of having brutally murdered a contractor Ali Mohammad Mir from Brain Nishat, in broad daylight.

Kishtiwari used to operate in south Kashmir, where villagers accused him of extra-judicial killings during his reign as an Ikhwani commander and an important deputy of slain Ikhwan founder Kuka Parrey.

Kishtiwari had been a junior officer in CRPF before the onset of militancy in 1990.

According to police records, he had joined Al-Jihad militant outfit and was arrested in 1993. He was released after 21 months in jail to join the counter-insurgent outfit Ikhwan.

 

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