SRI NAGAR: Two civilians, including a People’s Democratic Party worker’s wife and a youth, were killed by suspected militants in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. A militant too died in an encounter with security forces.Shakeela Bano, the wife of Abdul Majeed Dar, was stabbed to death by a pistol-borne gunman in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district early in the morning.Dar said the gunman barged into his house at Shahgund Sumbal in Bandipora district late on Sunday evening.
The gunman apparently asked him why he was in politics, Dar said.
“I told him I am not doing anything wrong and am in politics to serve people. Afterwards, he demanded the keys of my locker from me. When he took out cash and gold jewellery from the locker, I felt that he was a thief and tried to overpower him,” Dar said. He added that the gunman attacked him with a knife and stabbed his wife.
The woman was immediately taken to hospital, where she succumbed to injuries.
In another incident, suspected militants kidnapped and shot dead a youth after abducting him from Arwani village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.The gunmen had kidnapped 26-year-old Tariq Ahmad Mohend, a carpenter from Heff village of Shopian district, on Sunday night. His body was recovered in Arwani village of Kulgam on Monday.
A police officer said the youth was killed after being attacked with a sharp-edged weapon.
Tariq is survived by his wife and two brothers. Meanwhile, an unidentified militant was killed in an overnight gunfight with security forces in Handwara forest area of the border district of Kupwara.
Rebel PDP legislators refuse to meet Mehbooba
Dissident PDP legislators on Monday refused to meet party chief Mehbooba Mufti. “I don’t have any plans to meet Mehbooba to discuss party affairs,” Imran Raza Ansari, the sitting People’s Democratic Party lawmaker from Pattan who has emerged as leader of the dissidents, said. Another dissident said, “Why should we meet her? She did not listen to us when she headed the government and
now she wants to give an impression that she listens to everybody.”