Village head Shot Dead at Bomai in Kashmir’s Sopore

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By News Desk

SRINAGAR – A village head was shot dead by suspected militants in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district just hours after polling began for the fifth and last phase of Jammu and Kashmir elections.

Ghulam Ahmad Bhat, 65, was critically injured after gunmen fired at him in Bomai village, famous for a month-long successful protest by locals for the removal of an Army camp from the area in 2010.

The protests had erupted in the area following the death of two locals in firing by Army near a checkpoint during a religious festival.

Police said that Bhat was rushed to SMHS hospital in Srinagar where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

They have launched a hunt to nab the assailants, however no militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the shooting.

Bhat had successfully contested Panchayat elections on the ticket of National Conference, however he supported Congress during the ongoing assembly polls.

Only last week, another sarpanch from Tarzoo area of the town, Ghulam Mohammad Mir was abducted and later killed by suspected militants.

Two village heads were killed in the month of November.


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