Sarpanch Shot Dead After Abduction

13 December 2014
Greater Kashmir
Shabir ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a Sarpanch after abducting him from his residence in Sopore Tehsil of north Kashmir's Baramulla district late Friday, police said. Police sources said about seven gunmen barged inside the house of Ghulam Muhammad Mir alias Bedar in Hygam area of Sopore at 9 pm. 'The gunmen took Bedar along and shot him in an orchard near Shalbagh Mohalla, about a kilometer away from his residence,' they said. Police said Bedar's family heard some gunshots at around 10.30 pm, but they did not go and search for him as it was too late. 'Today morning, the bullet-ridden body of Bedar was recovered from the orchard,' a police official said. 'The pistol-borne gunmen opened fire on Bedar from point-blank range,' Superintendent of Police, Sopore, Abdul Qayoom told Greater Kashmir. He said they were informed by people soon after the Sarpanch was abducted Friday evening. 'We searched for him till 3.30 am, but could not locate him,' he said. Report said people of Hygam and its adjoining areas hit roads on Saturday morning and protested against the killing of Sarpanch. The protesters blocked the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway near Hygam Chowk and demanded immediate arrest of his killers, report said. The protests in and around Hygam started soon after body of slain Sarpanch reached his native area. Later the protesters dispersed peacefully Police said Bedar contested Panchayat elections as an independent candidate, but joined National Conference about a month back. 'Bedar was part of social organization Adrai Hussani Adab,' the official said. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Abdul Ghani Mir claimed Hizbul Mujahideen is involved in the killing of Sarpanch. 'We have zeroed in people involved in killing,' he said. Police records maintain that since April 2011, 12 Sarpanches have been killed.