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PDP worker shot dead by militants in Pulwama as J&K protests continue

LiveMint logoLiveMint 16-04-2017 Shaswati Das

New Delhi: A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) worker was killed and another injured after unidentified suspected militants stormed the former’s home in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday night and opened fire.

Bashir Ahmad Dar, 45, a PDP worker and a pharmacist in Pulwama’s Rajpora district was killed, while his cousin Altaf Dar sustained bullet injuries and is undergoing treatment in hospital, the state police said.

“We are investigating the matter to try and get to the bottom of this incident,” according to a senior police official, who requested not to be named.

Kashmir has been on the boil since Srinagar’s bypolls on 9 April, when protesters, including stone-pelters, took to the streets to urge a boycott of the elections.

Jammu and Kashmir chief electoral officer Shantmanu said there were over 200 incidents of violence, mostly in Budgam district, on 9 April which included stone-pelting, petrol bomb attacks, setting ablaze of a polling station and some vehicles and attempted arson at two polling booths.

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While National Conference president Farooq Abdullah won the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency over PDP’s Nazim Khan in repolling on Saturday, the region erupted in violence.

On Sunday, Srinagar’s Batamaloo area was paralysed after local businesses, shops and vehicular movement shut down in protest against the alleged killing of a 19-year-old man—identified as Sajjad Hussain Sheikh—by the Border Security Force (BSF) in Srinagar on Saturday.

Meanwhile, former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted following Sheikh’s death, “Just so sad, this spiral of violence from which there seems to be no escape. One more dead today.”

Protests also flared after two separate videos surfaced on social media last week—one of a CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) jawan being heckled by mobs in Jammu and Kashmir and another of an alleged protester being tied to the bonnet of a security force vehicle as a human shield.

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