Another Bid On Mehbooba
25 April 2004
Srinagar: A day before Srinagar goes to the polls, militants today made another attempt on the life of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti. One person was killed and seven were injured in the attack, the third targeting Ms. Mehbooba. A grenade hurled by militants at a public meeting being addressed by Ms. Mehbooba in the remote Akhal village in south Kashmir missed its target and exploded near the vehicle of a private television network. Ms. Mehboobs's motorcade had left the area and the crowd was dispersing when the explosion took place. Fayaz Bukhari, a reporter with New Delhi Television, and his cameraman, Sheikh Tariq, were in the car near which the grenade burst. 'At 2.45 p.m., the grenade exploded near the vehicle, damaging it and injuring Tariq and the driver, Mohammad Ismail,' Mr. Bukhari told The Hindu. Their vehicle was at the tailend of the motorcade. Ms. Mehbooba, who was inside her bulletproof vehicle, escaped unhurt even as the people ran in panic. Eight persons were injured and were admitted to hospitals in Anantnag and Srinagar. One of them died later. Ms. Mehbooba is seeking election from the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency. In another incident, militants fired at the vehicle of the PDP MLA from Pampore, Zahoor Ahmed Mir, in the Konibal area. The IGP (Kashmir zone), K. Rajindra Kumar, said that nobody was hurt. Mr. Mir's father, Abdul Aziz Mir, also an MLA, was gunned down by militants in 2002. Even as tight security arrangements are in place in view of elections in the Srinagar-Budgam constituency tomorrow, militants fired rifle grenades at a police station in the Lal Bazar area. The explosions caused injuries to 13 persons.