Sarpanch shot dead in North Kashmir

This is the second sarpanch killing since the start of assembly elections in J&K.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Srinagar | Updated: December 14, 2014 2:30:46 am

Suspected militants kidnapped and killed a sarpanch in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday. This is the second sarpanch killing since the start of assembly elections.

Sopore SP Abdul Qayoom told The Sunday Express: “Some four-five militants kidnapped Ghulam Mohammed, 62, at 8.45 pm on Friday from his house in Hygam village and then killed him.” The body was recovered from a local orchards, one kilometre from his house, Saturday morning, Qayoom said.

He said that the police are investigating the case and are looking for leads. Mohammed, who is survived by five daughters, was initially associated with the Congress. However, he was not affiliated to any political party at present. A known social worker and philanthropist, Mohammad was also a poet. Protests were held in the area following the killing.

On November 30, suspected militants had shot dead a National Conference sarpanch in South Kashmir’s Shopian and a day later another sarpanch was shot at.

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