Two JK Ministers Survive Ultra Attack; Addl SP Wounded
3 July 2005
Srinagar: Two Jammu and Kashmir Ministers Peerzada Mohammed Syed and G A Mir and two legislators today escaped a bid on their lives when militants set off an IED in North Kashmir's Baramulla district in which six policemen, including an Additonal SP, were wounded. The IED, planted on Bumbi-Sopore road, some 60 kms from here, went off minutes after the VIP cavalcade crossed the road at 1615 hrs. Rural Development Minister and Pradesh Congress chief Syed, Minister of State for Roads and Buildings Mir and two Congress MLAs Haji Abdul Rashid and G M Soori escaped unhurt, police said. A police vehicle escorting the VIPs was damaged in the blast injuring Additional SP (Sopore) Zakir Hussain and five constables. The VIPs were returning to Srinagar after attending a functions at Bumbi. No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the blast. On June 27, JK Minister of State for Home A R Veeri escaped a possible assassination attempt when police overpowered a Hizbul Mujahideen militant armed with grenade minutes before he was to address a meeting in Anantnag district. The spokesman said militants kidnapped one Farooq Ahmed Bhat from his home town of Dadsara tral in Pulwama last night and tortured him to death in the nearby fields today. The victim was a baker by profession. A driver of state motor Garages Mohammad Shaban was injured when militants detonated an IED at Hamza colony link road at Bemina in the city last evening. The victim has been hospitalized, the spokesman said. He said two Lashker-e-Toiba militants were arrested by police at Sonabrari-Kokernag in Anantnag district along with one AK rifle, its one magazine, 20 rounds and a wireless set. The spokesman said security forces smashed two militant hideouts, one each in in border districts of Rajouri and Poonch and recovered one AK rifle with 40 rounds, a pistol, seven hand grenades, two kg explosive at Pir Bhera forest in Rajouri and 19 electric detonators, three rifle grenades, a wireless set, two rounds of ammunition at Sanrot under police station Surankote in Poonch. Security forces cordoned off the entire area soon after the blast, police said. Elsewhere in Jammu and Kashmir, ten people, including seven ultras, were killed in separate incidents. Earlier, addressing the function at Bumbi-Sopore, Peerzada questioned the claim of Hurriyat leaders that they were representatives of the people of the state and asked them to take part in Assembly elections. 'Any one claiming to represent the masses could prove it by taking part in the elections. Let them (Hurriyat leaders) contest Assembly elections scheduled in 2008,' Peerzada said. He also asked the militants to shun the path of violence. 'Since an atmosphere of dialogue has set in, there remains no place for violence,' he added. 'We even welcome those who took to guns to participate in democratic process and sit across the table to put their point,' the Minister said. He said the coalition government was constituted on three broad objectives of restoring peace, initiating development and advocating good relations with Pakistan and other neighbours and the world is witness that it has successfully carrying forward these objectives. The function was also addressed by Mir, Rashid and Soori.