PDP Sarpanch shot dead in Khonmoh

SRINAGAR — A Sarpanch affiliated with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was shot dead by unidentified persons at Khonmoh area of Srinagar outskirts on Wednesday evening.

Official sources said that a Sarapnch identified as Sameer Ahmad Bhat was fired upon by unidentified gunmen at Khonmoh area.

He was immediately shifted to SMHS hospital here where doctors declared him brought dead.

Meanwhile, police in a statement issued to KNO said Srinagar Police received information about an incident at Khonmoh area of Srinagar where a Sarpanch was shot dead by militants.

Senior police officers reached at the spot, police said, adding that preliminary investigation has revealed that militants had barged into the house of a Sarpanch identified as Sameer Ahmad Bhat, son of Abdul Rasheed Bhat of Khonmoh area of Srinagar and fired indiscriminately upon him.

In this incident, he had sustained critical gunshot injuries and was immediately shifted to nearby hospital for the treatment where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

Spokesman said that police have registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law and investigation is in progress while officers continue to work to establish the circumstances, which lead to this incident.

The area has been cordoned off and search in the area is going on, police said.

Meanwhile, PDP in a tweet condemned the killing of Sarpanch and said that such recurring attacks highlight the deteriorating security scenario in Kashmir.

“Strongly condemn the assassination of Sarpanch Khonmoh, Sameer Ahmed Bhat. Contrary to the tall claims of the administration such recurring attacks highlight the deteriorating security scenario in Kashmir. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this hour of grief,” J&K PDP tweeted. — (KNO)