Suspected militants kill political worker in Indian-controlled Kashmir

11:11, February 20, 2011      

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Suspected militants shot dead a political worker of pro-Indian political party in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Saturday.

The incident took place late Friday evening in Hajin village of Bandipora, 40 km north of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"Militants shot Ghulam Hassan Dar in Hajin. Though he was removed to hospital immediately but Dar had succumbed to bullet wounds," said a police official.

Police have registered a case and started an investigation into the killing. The 47-year-old Dar, according to reports, was an activist of ruling party National Conference.

So far no militant outfit has claimed responsibility of Dar's killing.

During the early 1990s when insurgency broke out in the region, an increase in the killings of pro-Indian political party workers was recorded.

The cessation of political activities and pressure of militant groups then saw many political workers issuing declarations in the local press regarding their non-involvement with the Indian politics. However, with the decrease in militancy political activities saw comeback after 2002.

Source: Xinhua
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