Former militant shot and killed in Jammu and Kashmir

Suspected gunmen kill former militant in Jammu and Kashmir, making it the third killing of the week

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A former militant was shot and killed by suspected gunmen in the town of Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian police said on Sunday.

"Unidentified gunmen shot dead Mehraj-ud-din Dar, a former militant of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) outside his home in Sopore town this morning. Dar died on the spot," a senior police officer told the Indo Asian News Service (IANS) in the town of Srinagar.   

It is the third such killing in the last seven days.

Another former militant, Altaf Sheikh and an activist from separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Party, Khurshid Ahmad Bhatt, were also killed in the district on Tuesday and Friday.

No guerilla group took immediate responsibility for the attacks.   

According to Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Indian agents are behind  the killings.

Jammu and Kashmir is the subject of a territorial conflict among China, India and Pakistan. Pakistan has controlled the Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan districts of the state since 1947. The Aksai Chin region which has a border with Tibet to the state’s east has been controlled by China since 1962.

The recurrent fighting in the territory has caused tens of thousands deaths and the displacement of several thousands of people since the Indo-Pakistani Wars erupted after the partition of greater India in 1947.

TRTWorld and agencies