Republished :Kashmir crisis: PDP’s Pulwama district president shot dead, fresh clashes break out in Srinagar

Aseem Tribhuvan
Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Militants shot dead Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Gani Dar on Mond

Militants shot dead Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Gani Dar on Monday amid mounting tension and clashes between civilians and security forces in Kashmir.

Pulwama superintendent of police Rayees Mohammad Bhat told HT Dar -- Pulwama unit president of the state’s ruling party -- was travelling in a car when motorcyle-borne militants opened fire on him and escaped.

The critically injured leader was shifted to Srinagar’s SMHS hospital and died on the way.

Medical superintendent of SMHS hospital, Dr Nazir Chowdary, said, “The person was brought dead. He is no more.”

He was hit with multiple bullets in his chest, a source said.

The attack came just hours after Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and pressed for a dialogue with separatists in the state.

Mufti, who is under pressure in the face of fresh street protests in Kashmir, briefed Modi on the prevailing situation and the way forward.

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