SRINAGAR: Militants in an audio message have claimed to have killed a panch of Khunmoh area on the outskirts of Srinagar and buried his body at an undisclosed place.
He has been missing since August 9.
A purported audio clip of a militant has gone viral on social media in which the militant claims that the abducted panch (Nisar Ahmad Bhat) has been killed by them.
The militant added that the body could not be handed over to the family of the deceased due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The police said they are checking the authenticity of the clip, adding that they and security forces have launched a search operation. ens