May 1999 News

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National Conference MLA shot dead in J&K

15 May 1999
Rediff
By: Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar

In a serious setback to the ruling National Conference before the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, unidentified militants shot dead a sitting member of the state legislative assembly at Langate in Kupwara district of Jammu and kashmir.

A senior police officer told Rediff On The NeT that the militants fired from a point-blank range at Abdul Ahad Kar near his heavily guarded house at Langate. Kar was taking his morning walk. Sources said Kar was not accompanied by his personal security guards. Hearing the sounds of gunfire, his security guards and family members rushed towards Kar. He succumbed before he could be moved to a hospital.

The militants, whose number could not be ascertained, fled the scene before Kar's security guards could retaliate. Messages were flashed immediately and security and police officers from Handwara, a nearby town in the border district, rushed to the spot.

The area has been sealed and searches mounted to nab the killers.

No one has claimed responsibility as yet for the killing.

A senior National Conference leader in Srinagar told Rediff On The NeT that the MLA's murder was a serious setback for the party.

This is the first murder of a sitting MLA by militants. Scores of NC workers, however, have been killed by militants since 1990 when militancy erupted in the valley.

So far, 19 former legislators belonging to the National Conference, Congress and erstwhile Muslim United Front have lost their lives in the ten-year-long militancy in the valley.

Only yesterday militants shot dead Youth National Conference general secretary Ashraf Ali Beg at Waganpora in the old city area of Srinagar.

In another incident late last evening, militants opened fire at a police party at Kralkhud in Srinagar, killing two cops on the spot. The militants later managed to escape

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