NC worker shot dead by militants in Batamaloo

NC worker shot dead by militants in Batamaloo

24 December 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar: Militants today shot dead a National Conference (NC) worker in Srinagar's Batamaloo area early in the morning. Police identified the NC worker as 40-year-old Bashir Ahmad Dar. While giving details about the incident, police said that he was shot at Rekka Chowk, Batamaloo outside his shop at around 9.20 a m Dar's shop is in the ground floor of the building while the other floors of the building housed the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Eyewitnesses said that as soon as Dar reached near his shop, he was fired at by a pistol wielding militant from point blank range. Militants fled from the scene after carrying out the attack, leaving Dar in a pool of blood. The CRPF posted nearby immediately rushed towards him and he was removed to SMHS hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. The militants strike created panic in the area and police and security officials immediately rushed to the spot. The searches were conducted for the suspected militants who shot dead the NC worker. The incident took place hardly 400 meters from Srinagar's Civil Secretariat and 100 meters from Srinagar's Police Control Room (PRC). Dar's body was handed over to his relatives by the police and hundreds attended his last rites at Dobhi Mohalla in Batamaloo in the afternoon. This is the second killing in the Dar family. Earlier in the early 1990s, Dar's father Jamal Dar of Dobhi Mohalla who was block president of the NC was shot dead by militants. But despite Jamal's killing, his son continued to be with the active worker of the NC. Islamic Movement of Kashmir (ISM) has claimed responsibility for the attack. They have threatened to continue to carry out such attacks against mainstream political parties. This is for the third time that this unknown militant outfit has claimed responsibility for any strike in Kashmir. The security agencies suspected that the IMK might be a shadow outfit of either Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) or Hizbul Mojahideen. But so far the investigations carried out by them have not established any clue about this outfit and its links to LeT or HM. This organization earlier claimed attack on the Minister for Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar two weeks ago and on a NC block president in Safa Kadal, one month ago. A spokesman of the ruling NC said that party president Dr Farooq Abdullah and general secretary Sheikh Nazir Ahmad have condemned the killing of the NC worker. 'While describing it as an inhuman the NC leaders have said that such killings have not helped us in the past and blood shed in Kashmir should come to an end', said the spokesman. The opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of NC worker and has said the death was a brutal murder. In a statement issued here, the party has said that the undemocratic forces behind the killing of the NC worker must be brought to light and punished according to the law of the land. It many be mentioned here that this is the third attack on any NC leader in Srinagar in past one month and fourth in Kashmir. Two weeks ago (December 11) militants carried out an assassination bid on the Minister for Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar. He escaped unhurt but his one of the security guards was killed and three others were injured in downtown outside his ancestral home. On December 2, militants shot at and critically injured an NC Block president, Ghulam Ahmad, in the downtown's Safa Kadal area. And last month (November 25), militants critically injured NC block president of Panzoo village in South Kashmir's Tral area. Police, however, last week arrested the militants responsible for carrying out an attack on NC Block president Panzoo village.


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