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Political worker killed by suspected militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir

2012-09-24 07:39:21 GMT2012-09-24 15:39:21(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Suspected militants shot dead a political worker and rural body head (deputy Sarpanch) of pro-Indian party National Conference in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Monday.

The killing took place Sunday late evening at village Nowpora in district Baramulla, around 45 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"A civilian Mohmmad Shafi Teli was shot dead by suspected militants in Nowpora village of Baramulla last evening," said a senior police official. "Though Teli was immediately removed to hospital, however, doctors there declared him brought dead."

Teli elected as deputy Sarpanch last year was the grass root level leader of ruling party National Conference, the political party that is currently heading the coalition government in the region.

"Teli was shot dead outside his residential house by the suspected militants last evening," said Ajaz Ahmad, a local over telephone from Baramulla.

Soon after the killing, contingents of police and Indian army were rushed to the village in a bid to nab the assailants. Police has registered a case and started an investigation into the killing.

So far no militant outfit has claimed responsibility of this killing.

Police said Teli's killing is the second in the last two weeks.

On Sept. 10 suspected militants killed rural body head in village Palhalan of Baramulla district. Following the killing many rural body members tendered resignations.

During the early 1990 when insurgency broke out in the region, an increase in the killings of pro-Indian political party workers was recorded. The cessation of political activities and pressure of militant groups then saw many political workers issuing declarations in the local press regarding their non-involvement with Indian politics. However, with the decrease in militancy political activities saw comeback after 2002.

As per official figures more than 700 political activists were killed by militants in the region since 1990.

A guerrilla war is also going on between militants and the Indian troops stationed in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989.

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