PDP Worker Shot Dead in Anantnag

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Anantnag—Suspected militants shot dead a PDP worker on Saturday afternoon near his residence in Anantnag district, officials said.

Mohammad Ishaq Parray, a worker of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was shot at by the militants outside his house at Ugen village in Dialgam, police said.

A critically injured Parray was taken to Anantnag hospital where doctors declared him dead, the officer added.

Earlier this year three PDP members were shot in similar circumstances, out of which only one survived.

PDP district president Abdul Gani Dar, 64, was killed on April 25 when three unidentified militants intercepted his vehicle and shot him dead in Pulwama.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested two people, including a lawyer, for their alleged involvement in the killing of Dar.

Pulwama SP Rayees Ahmad Bhat said that one of the men, Aslam Malik, is the owner of the vehicle militants had allegedly used.

Sources said that suspected militants had earlier barged into Dar’s house twice and threatened his family.

Dar had quit the Congress to join the PDP ahead of the 2014 assembly elections.

Another PDP worker was allegedly shot by gunmen in Srinagar’s Barzulla area on May 24. The ruling party worker Abdul Qayoom was shot at least three times from close range outside his home.

On April 16, PDP worker Bashir Ahmad Dar was killed by gunmen after they barged into his house in Rajpora area of Pulwama district.

Meanwhile Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing of Parray by unidentified gunmen.

In a statement, the Chief Minister described the killing as dastardly and inhuman. She said she has always maintained that violence is not the way to further a political cause but certainly violence has torn apart the social fabric of the State over the past 30 years.

Mehbooba Mufti has expressed her condolences with the bereaved family.

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