PDP sarpanch escapes bid on life

Srinagar: A sarpanch from opposition Peoples Democratic Party had a narrow escape when unidentified militants fired upon him in Pulwama district of south Kashmir late Monday evening, official sources said.
They said militants appeared near the residence of the sarpanch Bashir Ahmad Malik son of Abdul Jabbar in Hakerpora village around 2215 hours.
However, on seeing them, the Sarpanch fled from the spot. The gunmen opened fire at Malik but he managed to escape unhurt, they added.
Meanwhile, army and people rushed to the spot and have cordoned off the village in a bid to nab the gunmen.
The incident occurred barely an hour after three persons including a ruling Congress Sarpanch and his son were shot dead in Tral area of the district. Besides the father-son duo, the gunmen also killed a Numbardar (village head), fourth such killing in a span of last five days.
On Thursday last, the gunmen shot dead sarpanch from in Awantipora area of the district.

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