Former BJP Sarpanch shot dead by militants in Shopian area

Shopian: In the second attack in less than an hour, suspected militants fired upon a former Sarpanch in the Shopian district of south Kashmir.

Official sources told  that a former Sarpanch was fired fired upon by militants at Hurpora area of Shopian.

They said that the ex sarpanch namely Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Hurpora in Shopian was shifted to the hospital after being attacked, however, he succumbed to his injuries on the way.

The forces have rushed to the spot and launched a search operation to nab the attackers.

“#Terrorist fired upon a person Aijaz Ahmad at Heerpora, #Shopian. Injured evacuated. Area cordoned off. Further details to follow,” Police said in a tweet.

The chief of People’s Democratic Party, Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet condemned the attacks and said that claims of normalcy were falling flat on the ground.

“While we condemn the attack in Pahalgam today that resulted in injuries to two tourists followed by another attack on a sarpanch in Hurpora, Shopian – the timing of these attacks given that the South election was delayed without any reason is a cause of concern. Especially keeping in mind normalcy claims touted by GOI,” she tweeted.

Earlier, militants fired upon a couple from Rajasthan in the south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Both of them have been shifted to the hospital for treatment.