A mosque in Srinagar (Representational image)
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After a prayer leader murdered a youth in Jammu and Kashmir's capital city of Srinagar, police authorities have requested all the Masjid Intizamia committees in the city to verify the antecedents before selecting an Imam for their mosques.

On Sunday, the imam of a mosque in Qamarwari area of Srinagar was arrested by J&K police for murdering a young man by pushing him into the Jehlum River, on the pretext of performing a sacred ritual.

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Shah Nawaz Ahmad Dar, a resident of Chewa area in Budgam district, had been missing since he went to offer Isha prayers on 29 September at the local mosque. His father-in-law lodged a complaint at the Qamarwari police station and officials recovered the body from the river on 3 October.

Ahmed Dar's body was found wearing a Pheran (traditional dress) with an ID card of Abdul Gani Naik, who was working as an Imam of Masjid Abu-Turab at Band Qamarwari.

After being thoroughly questioned by police authorities, the imam's son confessed that he had illicit relations with the wife of the deceased and had conspired along with his father to kill Ahmed Dar on 29 September.

"During the course of investigation the in-laws of deceased as well as other relatives were verified who were put to questioning wherein it came to fore that the deceased and his wife mostly used to have a bitter relation with each other. It also came to fore front that Molvi Mohammad Amin Naik son of Gani resident of Chimmer Kulgam used to visit the house of in-laws of deceased number of times a day," SSP Srinagar told the Kashmir Times.