Second political killing in 1 week: PDP leader shot

Abdul Gani Dar, 64, was rushed to Srinagar hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: April 25, 2017 4:57 am
Abdul Gani Dar, 64, was rushed to Srinagar hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries (Source: Google Maps)

IN THE second political killing in south Kashmir in a week, suspected militants on Monday shot dead Abdul Gani Dar, PDP’s Pulwama district president, at Pinglana village in Pulwama.

“Three militants intercepted his vehicle. They forced him out of the vehicle and fired at him,” said Rayees Mohammad Bhat, Superintendent of Police, Pulwama. “He was shot from close range,” he said.

Dar, 64, was rushed to Srinagar hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the killing so far. While Dar was guarded by Personal Security Officers (PSOs), Bhat said his two PSOs were not armed when the militants intercepted his vehicle.

“They (PSOs) didn’t have any weapons,” he said. Asked if any action had been initiated against these police officials, he said “we are investigating the case”. According to sources, the militants were following Bhat from his home in Rohmoo village of Pulwama. They said the PSOs also suspected that they were being followed and even switched vehicles.

“It was a case of negligence,” said a source. “They had indications that some people were following them. When they reached Pulwama, they changed their vehicle.” But, according to sources, the militants continued to follow them. “The militants were in a Tavera,” said sources. “At Pinglana village, they overtook Dar’s vehicle and blocked the road. They dragged Dar out and shot him in the chest.” Dar, a lawyer by profession, is the senior most PDP leader to be killed by militants so far. He is survived by his wife and son Owais Gani, who is an Inspector in the Jammu & Kashmir Police.

According to sources, suspected militants barged into Dar’s house at Rohmoo village twice in the recent past, and threatened his family. Dar, who was earlier with the Congress, joined the PDP ahead of the 2014 assembly elections. His father, Ghulam Mohammad Dar, was a close associate of former J&K Chief Minister and PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed when the latter was with the Congress. Dar contested the 2008 assembly elections from Rajpora segment of Pulwama on a Congress ticket, but did not win.

PDP sources said Dar played a key role in State Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu’s victory from Rajpora constituency in the 2014 assembly elections. Condemning the killing, PDP chief spokesman Mehboob Beg said: “It is not question of a

PDP leader… Somebody was killed for holding a political view… It is painful. Killings won’t help… We are all sons of the soil. We can differ, have different views. How long can this go on.”

Blaming the coalition government, NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattoo said: “Dar’s killing is yet another reflection of the alarming situation, thanks to the PDP-BJP government which has plunged the state into total chaos, uncertainty and turmoil.” On April 17, suspected militants killed a National Conference worker, Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan, at Pinjoora village of Shopian in south Kashmir. Khan was also a lawyer and worked as a public prosecutor for the state government.

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    Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
    Apr 25, 2017 at 6:27 am
    "INDIANISE" Kashmir, abrogate Art 370, abolish muslim personal law board, we salute our armed forces. Eliminate hurriyats & separatists and mullahs & preachers; remove all anti nationals, Lalu, Khurshid, Sharad Pawar, Azam Khan, Sibal, Abdullahs from NC, Owaisi, MumtaBtch, Yechury, moron PAPPU dynasty family; and Burkha, Teesta & Rajiv Desai, Rajdeep Sardesai, Kumar Ketkar, etc. JAI MODIJI, GD BAKSHI FOR PRESIDENT,---Jai hind.
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      George Cruz
      Apr 25, 2017 at 6:07 am
      Whether is the PDP or the NC leaders it doesn't make a difference because both of these parties have supported/financed the Kashmir separatist Sunni terror groups who want to establish another Islamic Caliphate in Kashmir which the Indian citizens would never accept because the J&K is and has been an integral part of India. Yes, the Governor's rule with free hand to the Indian armed forces to quell these anti-national Kashmir separatist Sunni Muslims.
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        MyTake
        Apr 25, 2017 at 1:17 am
        Time for presidents rule in Kashmir to restore law and order! Violence can only be responded by equal force!
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          HOMER
          Apr 24, 2017 at 10:57 pm
          Soon there will be GOVERNOR RULE! And when that happens the Muslim terrorist traitors will learn what it is to go against BJP and India! They will see suffering they trained for and haven't yet been tested for! And all those who help them will not get pellets in the eyes or rubber bullets but real bullets and death on sight!
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            HOMER
            Apr 24, 2017 at 10:53 pm
            Why do the press utes insist on calling their Muslim savages MILITANTS? They are traitorous Muslim TERRORISTS!!!!
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