Unidentified Gunmen Attack DDC Survey Candidate In Kokernag Of Southern Kashmir
Unidentified gunmen attacked a district development council (DDC) candidate in the Kokernag area of South Kashmir while elections for the third phase were being held in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
This is the first attack on any DDC candidate since the electoral process began last month. The candidate who was shot has been identified as Anees ul Islam. He was attacked near Sagam in Kokernag.
People familiar with the development said that Anees had recently joined the Apni Party led by Altaf Bukhari. Authorities said they transferred him to a hospital. Police and Indian Army personnel arrived at the scene of the attack to conduct investigations.
A senior doctor at the Anantnag Medical College said the Apni party candidate is stable and out of harm’s way.
Former J&K Prime Minister and Vice President of the National Conference (NC), Omar Abdullah, said the attack was carried out by forces hostile to peace.
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“Disturbing reports from Kokernag in southern Kashmir about an attack on a DDC electoral candidate. I hope and pray that he survives the attack. Elections have always brought out the worst in those forces that remain enemies of peace in Kashmir, ”Abdullah tweeted.
Apni Party Chairman Altaf Bukhari said that this vile attack on our contending candidate is a manifestation of frustration among the enemy forces of peace and the growing popularity of the Apni Party among the people. “The government must take this incident very seriously and take all the necessary security measures in this regard.”
PAGD spokesman and Peoples’ Conference president Sajjad Lone said the attack on a disputed DDC candidate is abhorrent to say the least. “Violence has been the greatest facilitator of our disempowerment”
The police spokesman said that the preliminary investigation revealed that terrorists had shot an independent DDC candidate from the Sagam constituency at Sagam Kokernag in the Anantnag district.
“In this incident he received injuries to the little finger of his left hand and a minor injury to his thigh. He was assigned group accommodation in Khanabal and after the scrutiny period was over, PS Kokernag duly informed him on the night of 3 December about it. In addition, he was ordered to get escort personnel for campaign purposes that he did not take ”.
Three-tier security arrangements have been established while the DDC elections, to select 280 candidates, are held in eight phases at the UT.