3rd killing in 9 days
ZIA-UL-HAQ/ BILAL HABIB
PULWAMA: Suspected militants on Monday shot dead the ruling PDP’s district president Abdul Gani Dar in Pulwama. A police official said that two motorcycle-borne militants fired upon Abdul Gani Dar near Pahoo village when he was on his way to Srinagar. The police official said that the gunmen stopped the vehicle in which Dar was travelling and ordered him to come out of the vehicle.
“After he came out of the vehicle, the militants fired at him. The personal security guards who were accompanying the PDP leader were without weapons and could not retaliate,” the official said.
Dar was taken to district hospital Pulwama from where he was referred to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar, where doctors declared him brought dead. “He had a firearm injury in his chest,” said SMHS medical superintendent Dr Nazir Choudhary.
Senior Superintendent of Police Pulwama Muhammad Rayees Bhat told Kashmir Reader that both the personal security officers of the slain PDP leader have been detained. “They are being questioned. We are investigating as to why they were not carrying their weapons along,” he said.
Dar’s is the third killing of pro-India political workers in the past nine days.
Before joining the PDP, Dar, according to his family, was associated with the Congress and was considered to be a close associate of Congress leader Saifudin Soz. He had announced his resignation from political activities after receiving threats from militants in 2008. Six years later, however, Dar joined the PDP and was assigned the responsibility of leading the party in the district. Before joining politics, Dar was a practising lawyer and had served as president of the Bar Association Pulwama.
A few years ago, police and family sources said, militants attacked his residence and in retaliatory firing by his guards, one militant was killed.
Dar is the third pro-India political worker killed by militants in the past nine days. On April 16, unidentified gunmen barged into the house of PDP worker Bashir Ahmad Dar in Rajpora area of Pulwama and shot him dead on the spot. His cousin Altaf Ahmad Dar is undergoing treatment for the injuries he sustained in the firing.
On April 17, unidentified gunmen fired upon and killed former public prosecutor Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan in Pinjoora village of Shopian. Khan was associated with the National Conference.
Attacks on pro-India political workers have created a scare and many have resigned from political parties due to it.