In a major setback to the state’s security establishment, militants today shot dead Abdul Gani Dar, Pulwama district president of ruling PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the first high profile killing of a political worker since the onset of another bloody phase insurgency that started with by-poll last week.
Gani was shot at by the militants in Pinglena area of Pulwama district, 31 kms from here, this afternoon, a police official said.
Dar, an advocate by profession, was referred to SMHS Hospital here but succumbed to injuries.
The PDP leader was shot at three times from a close range with an AK assault rifle, he said, adding two bullets hit him in the chest and one in the shoulder.
No militants outfit has claimed responsibility for the killing so far.
This is second political killing in south Kashmir in a week.
On April 17, militants had shot dead a former public prosecutor affiliated with opposition National Conference in Shopian district.