Kashmir: PDP worker killed in militant attack, youth dies in police firing

A Peoples Democratic Party worker and his cousin, also a party worker, were attacked by militants in the Pulwama district, police said.

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) worker was killed and another was injured after militants opened fire upon them in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Saturday evening.

A police officer told India Today that the militants opened fire at the two workers in the Qasbayar locality of Rajpora, Pulwama.

Both of them sustained bullet injuries and were shifted to the district hospital in Pulwama where one of them was declared brought dead on arrival, the officer said.

The deceased has been identified as 45-year-old Bashir Ahmad Dar while the other PDP workers is his cousin, Altaf Ahmad Dar.

Altaf was later referred to the Bone and Joint hospital in Barzullah, Srinagar. Bashir, according to reports, used to run a medical shop in Rajpora.

Sources told India Today that both Bashir and Altaf had been warned by militants to disassociate themselves from mainstream politics.

TENSION GRIPS KASHMIR

The incident comes amid heightened tensions in the Valley where several civilians were recently killed after clashing with security forces during the Srinagar Parliamentary by-poll.

The violence in during the Srinagar by-election, which saw less than 10 per cent polling, led to the Election Commission postponing the Anantnag by-poll.

On Saturday, National Conference chief and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah won the Srinagar by-poll even as a youngster was killed and several more were injured in police firing in Pulwama.

Yesterday's violence followed two videos, one of youths heckling and kicking CRPF personnel and the other of Indian Army soldiers using a civilian as a human shield, going viral on social media.

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