April 2001 News

Cong leader among 5 killed in Kashmir

20 April 2001
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Five people, including a Congress leader and a woman, were killed and nine others, one among them a newly elected sarpanch, injured in Kashmir valley, where Border Security Force (BSF) unearthed a big haul of arms and ammunition since Thursday night. Congress leader Sareer Ahmad Khan, was shot dead by militants outside a mosque at Chandoosa in Baramulla district around 2.35 pm on Friday, a police spokesman said. He said Khan's bodyguard, Shoukat Ahmad, who was working as SPO with local police, was also killed and a civilian, Master Mohammad Saleem Beig was seriously injured in the shootout. Sareer was attacked by unknown militants who had laid an ambush in the area, the spokesman said adding Khan was the brain-behind "Aman March" (peace march) in Baramulla in 1996 elections in the state - the first by any political party in the state since erruption of militancy in the state in 1989. His killing is considered as a setback to the Congress in North Kashmir, party sources said. (PTI)   


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