PDP worker shot at by gunmen succumbs to injuries

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)activist who was shot at by unknown gunmen last night in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district died at a hospital in Srinagar on Monday.

Mohammad Jamal Bhat (69) was fired at by masked gunmen at his home in Zungalpora village in Devsar area of the district following which he was shifted to SKIMS Soura in a critical condition.

“He had critical bullet injury in his abdomen and was operated upon but succumbed in the morning,” doctors at the facility confirmed.

Bhat’s body reached his native village in the afternoon after which he was laid to rest.

PDP President and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti while condemning the killing of her worker called the assailants as cowards.

“Heartbreaking. Party workers in Kashmir put their neck in the line and have to suffer for their beliefs. Ironic that such mindless violence is justified in the name of Islam in the month of Ramzan. Shame on these cowards who call themselves Muslims,” Mufti tweeted.

There has been a spurt in the attacks on workers associated with mainstream political parties by militants in south Kashmir over last few months.

Only three days after the elections for Anantnag Lok Sabha seat concluded, two PDP workers were abducted from their chemist shop at Zainapora on May 9, shot at and injured.

One of them later succumbed to his injuries in SKIMS a few days later.

On May 13, a National Conference worker from Chitragam area of the district was also shot at and injured by the militants.

All the three had acted as polling agents of their respective political parties.

Earlier, a BJP leader Gul Muhamad Mir alias Atal who had contested 2008 and 2014 assembly elections from Dooru was shot dead by militants at his home in Verinag soon after the conclusion of the first and second phase of elections for Anantnag Lok Sabha seat.