PDP’s Pulwama district president Abdul Gani Dar was shot dead in a suspected militant attack Monday. Dar, who reportedly took bullets on his chest, was first taken to a local hospital and then moved to a Srinagar hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The PDP leader is said to be on his way in to Srinagar when his car was waylaid.
The attack on the PDP leader comes hours after Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the unrest in the Valley. Mufti stressed on holding talks even as she underlined a dialogue process with all stakeholders was not possible amid stone-pelting and firing of bullets. She, however, claimed that the situation in the Valley will be brought under control in two-three months.
It is also learnt that clashes have broken out between security forces and students at SP College in Srinagar after some students allegedly resorted to stone pelting. The student protests began after reports of alleged force used by army forces against the students.
In the south Kashmir district of Pulwama, schools and colleges reopened Monday after being closed for almost a week following clashes between students and security personnel.
The Valley has been witnessing fresh spurts of violence in recent months. Eight people were killed during an assembly election bypoll in Srinagar that saw the lowest voter turnout in almost three decades.
Tension escalated further in the Valley after the video of a man being tied to an Army jeep and taken across villages went viral on the internet.
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged all the state governments to engage with Kashmiri students studying in different colleges and universities across the country. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, too, has directed chief ministers to ensure security of Kashmiri students.