Militants Kill NC Worker In Srinagar

Militants Kill NC Worker In Srinagar

15 June 2012
The Indian Express


Srinagar: Militants on Friday shot dead a senior National Conference (NC) worker and the block president of Natipora outside a mosque in Srinagar. Eyewitnesses said Abdul Rehman Ganai, 65, was shot dead while on way to the mosque to offer Friday prayers. “Some unidentified persons fired at Ganai from very close range. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,’’ said his relative Mohammad Shafi. Another eyewitness said five bullets were fired at him and he died on the spot. Only last week, Gania had hosted state’s Home Minister Nasir Aslam Wani for a tea party at his residence. Gania was affiliated with the ruling NC for the past several decades. The killing of Gania is seen as an attempt by the militants to scare political workers, especially those affiliated with the NC. For the past few weeks, the NC has been organising public meets at various parts of the city, especially in the uptown localities. Six months ago, militants had killed an NC worker at Batamaloo in a similar fashion. Shortly after the killing of the NC worker, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted on micro blogging site Twitter condemning the killing of the party leader. Deputy Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Afad-ul-Mujhtaba said the investigation has been taken up to identify those responsible for the killing of the NC worker. “So far we have got no clues about the militants responsible for the killing of the NC leader,’’ he said. The killing has come at a time when militant groups have started issuing death threats to elected panchs and sarpanchs.