Woman panchayat member shot by suspected militants in Jammu and Kashmir

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 17:03 hrs

Srinagar: In the second incident in as many days, suspected militants on Saturday shot at and injured a woman panchayat member in Sopore area in Baramulla district of north Kashmir.

Militants shot Zoona, wife of Mohammad Ramzan, in the neck at her house at Hardshiva Sopore, some 52-km from Srinagar, police said.

The woman panchayat member was taken to a hospital in Sopore but was referred to Srinagar for treatment.

This is second attack on panchayat members in as many days in Sopore.

Militants yesterday shot dead sarpanch Habibullah Mir in Sopore.

In south Kashmir, ultras shot dead a civilian after abducting him in Pulwama district.

The militants kidnapped Mohammad Shafi Dar, a contractor by profession, from his native Aglar village in Pulwama, at around 5 pm yesterday, police said.

Dar's bullet-riddled body was recovered from a nearby village late last night.

No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Woman in critical condition

"Militants shot at Zoona, wife of Muhammad Ramzan, resident of Harda Shiva village near Sopore town this (Saturday) evening. The injured woman has been shifted to hospital for treatment in a critical condition," said a police officer.

The woman is a panch of Harda Shiva village council and is affiliated with the Congress.

Militants had Friday shot and killed a sarpanch in his own house in Bomai village near Sopore town.

After their election in 2011, thousands of panches and sarpanches have been demanding security cover in the wake of killings of three of them in Baramulla district.

While the state government maintains it is committed to protect the elected village representatives, it says providing individual security to all of them was not possible.

The state government has considered individual security in specific cases based on threat perceptions, but mounted vigil by the security forces in vulnerable areas where guerrillas are believed to be still operating.

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