NC Councillor Shot Dead
10 February 2005
Srinagar: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a newly elected councillor of the local Municipal Corporation here last evening, only a day after the killing of a newly elected member of the Beerwah Municipal Committee in Budgam district. Suspected militants in the valley have also attacked the houses of two other elected members since yesterday. The police said militants opened fire on Mohammad Maqbool Khaksar, a newly elected member of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation when he was coming out of a local mosque in Ikhrajpora, Jawahar Nagar area at 6.30 pm yesterday. He was admitted to the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, where he succumbed to his injuries at 9.30 pm. The 72-year old former police Inspector was recently elected as a National Conference councillor to the Srinagar Municipal Corporation. The National Conference has emerged as a major party by winning 41 out of 68 wards of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation. The newly elected corporation is yet to elect its Mayor, first to the Srinagar Municipal Corporation. The killing took place only 36 hours after the killing of a PDP member who was declared elected unopposed to Beerwah Municipal Committee on Tuesday morning. Identified as Ghulam Mohiuddin Mir, he was among 13 PDP members declared elected unopposed to the Beerwah Municipal Committee in Budgam district. The police has registered a case in this regard amid conflicting reports about the circumstances in which he had been killed. The police said investigations were on to find out the reasons behind Mir's visit to Raithsona village near Beerwah, and to trace those who had called him to visit the place. Being a sensitive place, Mir had not informed anybody in the village about his visit, where his bullet-ridden body was found in his car. The news of Mir's death provoked residents to stage a dharna in the town. Suspected militants targeted the houses of two newly elected members of the civic bodies. They have been identified as a PDP member, Mohammad Sultan Sofi in Beijbehara town of Anantnag district, and Abdul Rashid Kuchay at Bandipore in Baramula district. At least eight persons have been killed and 40 others injured by militants in 18 poll related violence since the process of civic poll began in the valley in January. Those killed have been identified as the two newly elected members, Ghulam Mohiuddin Mir (PDP) of Beerwah, Mohammad Maqbool Khaksar (NC) in Srinagar and Congress candidate Nooruddin Sheerwani in Baramula. It has been 'impossible' for the police to provide security to all candidates participating in the civic poll. However, the police and para- military troops were put on high alert to ensure smooth and incident free poll. The National Conference President, Mr Omar Abdullah, and Leader of the opposition in the Legislative Assembly, Mr Abdul Rahim Rather, have expressed concern over the killing of Mohammad Maqbool Khaksar and condoled his death. Mr Omar Abdullah cancelled his engagements and returned from New Delhi today. He visited the residence of the slain leader. He expressed condolences with the bereaved family and described Khaksar as a dedicated political and social worker. Ms Mehbooba Mufti, president of the ruling PDP, has expressed shock over the killings of Ghulam Mohuiddin Mir, an elected candidate of the party in the Municipal poll from Beerwah by unidentified gunmen. She also condemned the killing of Zahoor Ahmad Bhat by the BSF near Magam on Sunday.