Militants Attack Former Minister
27 April 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: Former Union Minister and Independent candidate from Anantnag LS constituency Mohammad Maqbool Dar escaped unhurt in a militant attack on his vehicle during campaigning in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. Official sources said militants attacked Dar's vehicle opening fire at it in Wachi village around 3.50 pm following which his police guards retaliated. Sources said Dar escaped unhurt in the attack. Police reinforcements were rushed to the scene and further details were awaited, they said. Anantnag goes to polls in the third phase of elections on May 5. In recent militant attacks, two people died and 15 others were injured on Tuesday in Kashmir, police said. Militants hurled a grenade at a security vehicle in the central town of Pampore. The grenade missed its target and exploded among pedestrians, injuring 12 civilians and two policemen, a police spokesman said. One person has been killed and three have been injured. The injured are said to be in critical condition, the spokesman said. All three incidents took place in the Anantnag- Pulwama parliamentary segment that votes on May 5. Meanwhile, a paramilitary officer injured in an attack on the sate Congress headquarters on Friday, died in the hospital, police said. Twenty- one per cent turnout was recorded on Monday in voting for the constituency that includes Srinagar.