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Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday issued the following statement regarding the death of a person inside a mosque in Srinagar.

A police spokesman in a statement said that Srinagar police received information about the murder of a person inside a mosque in Maisuma area of Srinagar in the afternoon hours today. Accordingly, senior police officers visited the crime spot and retrieved the dead body of an individual, said the spokesman.

The slain person has been identified as Abdul Gani Dar alias Gani Gazali age about 80 years resident of Russu area of District Budgam, he said. “Photography and video recording of the crime spot was carried out besides team members from FSL were called on the spot for the examination of scene of the crime.

Following the scientific procedures of investigation, circumstantial evidences and samples were lifted from the scene of the crime for the purpose of the investigation,” he added. “Detailed search of the premises was also carried out. Police is also examining the CCTV footage pertaining to the area,” said the spokesman.

The spokesman said that the dead body of the victim was taken to hospital for conducting of medico-legal formalities and will be handed over to the family members after completion of medico-legal formalities. “Police have registered a case in this regard.

Further investigation in the matter is in progress. We assure community members that investigation in the matter will be fast-tracked in a professional and impartial manner, said a police spokesman in a statement.