Gunmen Wound Aide Of Kashmir Separatist Leader
8 November 2004
Srinagar: Gunmen shot and wounded the son-in-law of a hardline Kashmiri separatist leader on Monday as he prayed in a city mosque. Doctors said Altaf Fantosh, son-in-law of the All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was out of danger after the attack in Srinagar, summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Fantosh also headed the legal cell of the group. The attack, the second on the group in a little of a month, came at a time when separatist leaders were trying to re-unite the Hurriyat. Hardliners and moderates split last year over the issue of holding talks with New Delhi. In late September, a close Geelani aide was shot dead outside his home in Srinagar. Geelani blamed the killing on Indian forces.