Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Patel has been shot dead by some unknown assailants in Pulwama’s Rajpora area. Patel, who was taken to a nearby hospital soon after the attack, succumbed to his injuries. News agency ANI reported that the attack was carried out by some terrorists and Nabi’s two personal security officers also sustained injuries in the attack. The two PSOs identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Zargar and Bilal Ahmad Mir.
“Heartfelt condolences to the family of senior Congress leader, GN Patel who was killed by militants today in Rajpora. Such cowardly acts achieve nothing but leave one more family devastated, (sic)” J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.
Indianexpress.com reported that Patel was traveling in his car when he was attacked by the militants. The militants also took away the service revolvers of Patel’s security guards after shooting. The two policemen are being treated at the hospital and their condition is reported as stable. The area has been cordoned off by the security forces and a search operation has been launched to nab attackers. Patel was earlier a member of People’s Democratic Party.
Attacks in Pulwama area in recent times
On April 11, two policemen were injured in another militant attack in Pulwama. The grenade attack was conducted by a group of unidentified terrorists. The injured were admitted to Pulwama’s government district hospital. Another twin attack was carried out on March 31. One policeman was killed, while another was injured attack. The terrorists had attacked a Special Police Officer, Muhammad Ashraf, near Muran Chowk.
On 1st January, militants had stormed a CRPF camp and killed five personnel. Three others were also injured in a pre-dawn attack. However, two militants — both from the Valley — were also killed in the encounter.