Sagar Escapes Bid On Life

Sagar Escapes Bid On Life

11 December 2011
Rising Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Rural Development, Ali Muhammad Sagar survived a bid on his life on Sunday when unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate fire at his escort party leaving one of his security guards dead and three others, including a civilian, injured at Nawabazar in old city. Former mayor and Sagar’s son, Salman also escaped unhurt in the attack which took place at 8 pm when they were attending the engagement ceremony of the minister’s niece (brother’s daughter) at his ancestral home at Shah Mohalla, Nawabazar. “As the guests (from the groom’s side) arrived, my father and others went outside to receive them. All of a sudden indiscriminate firing took place,” Salman told Rising Kashmir. He said three PSOs of his father including a driver were injured in the attack which triggered panic in the area. “One of them later succumbed to his injuries. The other two were being treated in the hospital,” he said. Asked about his father, Salman said, “He is alright and he didn’t receive any injury.” Meanwhile, police has identified the deceased guard as Gulzar Ahmed and the injured PSOs as Feroz Ahmed and Muhammad Yaqoob. The injured civilian has been identified as Ali Muhammad. Condemning the incident, Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani suspected the hand of militants in the attack. “It seems the attack was carried out by militants and their target was the law minister. However, we are ascertaining the facts. Inquiry has already been started and case registered,” he said. “He (Sagar) is our senior party leader. We condemn it,” Wani added. Soon after the incident, senior police officers, including IGP Kashmir, S M Sahai rushed to the spot. The entire area was cordoned off and a massive manhunt was launched to nab the attackers. Meanwhile, senior National Conference leader, Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal said the involvement of army in the attack cannot be ruled out. “Finger of suspicion points at army and at the same time at pro-AFSPA people like Mufti Muhammad Sayeed,” he said, adding that there was no proof that militants were involved in the act. “There are vested interests in army, Hurriyat and PDP,” he said, adding that the attack was a move to weaken National Conference. Peoples Democratic Party chief spokesperson, Nayeem Akhtar condemned the attack on Sagar and expressed relief at his survival in the bid. Minister of Medical Education and senior Congress leader, R S Chib also condemned the attack terming it as a move to disrupt peace in the state. Eye-witness account: “I was a few hundred meters away from the site of incident. All of a sudden I heard 10 to 15 gun shots,” said Muhammad Younis, Sagar’s Personal Assistant. “Everybody ran for cover. After few minutes, we came to know that the PSOs have been injured. We immediately removed them to the hospital, where one of them later succumbed to injuries.”


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