Tral killings: Azad cancels rally

Srinagar: Health Minister and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Tuesday cancelled his scheduled election rally in Tral town of Kashmir’s Pulwama district following killing of three political workers there last night.
“The rally has been cancelled in the wake of killings that took place last night,” a local Congress leader and close aide of Azad told PTI.
A Congress sarpanch, his son and a village official were shot dead by militants in two separate incidents in Tral area late last night.
The ultras have stepped up attacks on political workers in the south Kashmir belt, which is going to polls on April 24.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condemned the attacks on political workers in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, saying these were carried out to instill fear among the people to enforce a poll boycott.
Omar said the decision to boycott polls should be based on conviction and not fear.
“I unequivocally condemn the attacks in Pulwama that left three political workers dead. By all means call for a boycott of the polls,” Omar wrote on twitter.com.
“The decision to boycott should be based on conviction not fear. We don’t terrorise people to vote so why instill fear to enforce boycott,” he said.
A Congress party sarpanch, his son and a village official were shot dead by militants in separate incidents in Tral area of Pulwama district of south Kashmir late last night.
Omar said the people behind the attack have accepted the weakness of their argument and know that people will come out to vote in the election in the absence of any fear.
“The use of violence is an acceptance of the weakness of your argument because you know that in the absence of fear, people WILL vote,” he said.
Condemning killings of political workers in Pulwama, PDP patron Mufti Sayeed said after witnessing a relaxation in security environment for a brief period between 2002 and 2005 when the PDP was in power, the people have again got entangled in a vicious circle of death and destruction with the arrival of the NC-Congress regime.
CPI(M) secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami also condemned the killings.

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