Reported By – Wahid Bhat
SRINAGAR OCT 06 (PTK): Just days ahead of the municipal and local body polls in Jammu & Kashmir, unknown gunmen shot dead two National Conference (NC) workers and injured another in the old City of Srinagar. The two dead were identified as Nazir Ahmed Bhat (working in the office of MLA Shamima Firdous) & Mushtaq Ahmed Wani. The attack has led to 15 candidates withdraw their nominations.
Hours after the NC workers were shot dead, nearly 15 candidates reportedly withdrew their nomination from the upcoming local body elections. While speaking to ground report, Muzamil Jan, one of the candidates, from Dalgate said that she feared for her three children and hence she withdrew her nomination.
According to reports, around 11:30 am, unidentified gunmen fired shots at three persons at the congested Karfali Mohalla of the Old City. The victims were taken to the nearby hospital in critical condition, as the militants fled from the spot.
I cannot condemn strongly enough the murderous terrorist attack against three of my party workers. Nazir Ahmed Bhat (working in the office of MLA Shamima Firdous) & Mushtaq Ahmed Wani have been killed. Allah Jannat naseeb karey.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 5, 2018
Expressing, shock and anger against the attack, the former chief minister Omar Abdullah said “I cannot condemn strongly enough the murderous attack against three of my party workers.” According to reports, tight security arrangements have been made in the area following the attack and barricades have been put up. The police has also increased vigilance on entry and exit points of Srinagar.
Eyewitnesses said that Shakeel Ahmad Zangoo, who was injured in the shooting, ran from the scene when the firing started. The shooters followed him and shot him from a distance. SSP Srinagar, Imtiaz Ismail Parray said, “Two people have been killed. They had some political background… we are ascertaining more details.”
Former chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti also reacted strongly to the incident and said: “Pained to hear about the killing of two NC workers. My heart goes out to their families and children. Cannot possibly imagine what they must be going through.”
In response to Mehbooba’s tweet, Abdullah responded: “Thank you for your kind words at this difficult time @MehboobaMufti Sahiba. I’m sure your message of support will give the family some strength at this difficult time.”
Earlier, BJP Dooru Constituency President, Ghulam Hassan Bhat resigned from the basic membership of the party along with workers with immediate effect from today. He also withdrew his nomination papers from the upcoming polls.
Meanwhile, the Joint Resistance Leadership has called for a shutdown in Kashmir on October 8. “JRL leaders asked people to observe complete shutdown across Jammu and Kashmir on October 8 to protest the commencement of the ULB and Panchayat election drama being foisted upon them,” said a JRL statement.