Terrorists Gun Down NC Activist

19 December 2009
Times of India

Srinagar: Days after killing a 20-year-old woman in her father’s presence, terrorists struck yet again and killed two people, including a ruling National Conference activist, at separate places in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district late on Friday night. A police officer said one Nazir Ahmad Chopan was killed after terrorists asked him to accompany them and show them the way out of Khaigam Kadipora village. ‘‘The terrorists had tea at Chopan’s house before taking him away,’’ the officer said, adding terrorists shot Chopan dead minutes later outside his house. Pulwama SSP Kifayat Haider claimed that police had identified the killers, but refused to divulge further details, saying it would hamper the investigations. Terrorists kidnapped National Conference activist, Bashir Ahmad Khan, and later killed him by slitting his throat at Dogripora in Pulwama’s Awantipora area. ‘‘Mohammed Maqbool Dar’s body was found near his residence on Friday night,’’ the officer said. He said police have launched investigations into the incident and that killers would be traced soon. On Tuesday night, terrorists had barged into the house of one Mohammed Maqbool Mir and, after asking family members to identify themselves, turned their automatic weapons on his daughter, Sheeraza Akhtar. She was shot in the abdomen and below her chin and died after bleeding profusely in her father’s arms.