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J&K: Apni Party worker shot dead in Kulgam

Ghulam Hassan Lone was killed Thursday evening when the militants opened fire at him outside his residence in Devsar village of Kulgam.

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IN THE second such attack on political workers in the past three days in South Kashmir’s Kulgam, suspected militants on Thursday shot dead a worker of Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party.

Ghulam Hassan Lone was killed Thursday evening when the militants opened fire at him outside his residence in Devsar village of Kulgam.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that terrorists had fired upon one person identified as Ghulam Hassan Lone… near his house, in which he received critical gunshot injuries,” police said in a statement.

“He was immediately shifted to the nearby hospital for treatment, where he was declared dead.”

The police said Lone had not listed himself as a political worker in police records. “Neither the police records nor the activities of the deceased indicated him to be a political worker,” the police said.

“Besides, as on date, no political party had indicated or intimated about his political affiliation. However, post-incident Apni Party has claimed that the deceased was their political worker.”

On August 17, suspected militants shot dead a BJP leader Javed Ahmad Dar at Bazloo village of Kulgam. Dar was the constituency in charge of the party for Devsar.

Mainstream political parties have condemned the killing of political workers. “Very sorry to hear about the assassination of Ghulam Hassan Lone in Devsar area of south Kashmir. This renewed trend of targeting mainstream politicians by militant outfits is very worrying and I condemn the same in strongest terms,” tweeted former chief minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah.

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Former chief minister and People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti tweeted: “Unfortunately there seems no end to the spree of political killings in Kashmir. Unreservedly condemn the killing of Apni Party leader Ghulam Hassan Lone.”

First published on: 19-08-2021 at 08:10:43 pm
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