- A village sarpanch, who was elected as an independent, was shot dead by terrorists in Kashmir
- Manzoor Ahmad Bangroo was shot at by the ultras at Goshbug in Pattan area officials said
- Bangroo is the second victim of targeted killing of civilians by militants in three days
A village sarpanch was killed by terrorists at Goshbugh area on Friday. According to reports, the sarpanch has been identified as Manzoor Ahmed Bangroo, son of Late Mohmmad Sadiq who was immediately taken to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
At about 7:30 pm, police received information about a terror crime incident at Goshbugh Pattan area of Baramulla where terrorists had shot dead a Sarpanch.
Preliminary investigation revealed that terrorists had fired upon Manzoor Ahmad Bangroo (an independent Sarpanch) son of Mohammad Sideeq Bangroo resident of Goshbugh, at Goshbugh Pattan area of Baramulla.
Bangroo received critical gunshot injuries and was immediately rushed to nearby hospital, however, doctors declared him dead on arrival.
A case been registered under relevant sections. Investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this crime. The area where terrorists targeted has been cordoned off and search for the terrorists is underway.
J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha strongly condemn the terror attack on Sarpanch, Manzoor Ahmad Bangroo. "Perpetrators of this despicable act shall be punished. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family in this hour of grief," he added.
Bangroo is the second victim of targeted killing of civilians by militants in three days. Satish Singh, a local Rajout, was shot dead on Wednesday in Kulgam district. The militants have stepped up attacks on civilians in the past two weeks.
"Another targeted killing, another family in mourning this evening. This unending cycle of violence is heartbreaking. My condolences to the family of Manzoor Bangroo.
May he find place in Jannat," National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said in a tweet.
The PDP and the BJP also condemned the killing.
"Deeply pained by the news of killing of a Sarpanch Manzoor Ah Bangroo in Pattan. Even after multiple security assesments, bundling them in secure accomodations in Srinagar, why do sarpanches still continue to be killed," a spokesman of the PDP tweeted.
BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur said he strongly denounces the "barbaric killing" of Bangroo. "Gruesome act, terrorists have no religion and mercy even during the fasting month of Ramzan," he said.
In March, sarpanchs Shabir Ahmad Mir, Sameer Ahmad Bhat and Mohammad Yaqub Dar, were shot dead by terrorists.
Three militant associates were also arrested after a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) module involved in the killing of a sarpanch was busted in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.