Father of sarpanch shot dead by unidentified gunmen

The father of a sarpanch who had a mobile transmission tower installed inside his residential compound was tonight shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Sopore town in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, police said.

Srinagar: The father of a sarpanch who had a mobile transmission tower installed inside his residential compound was tonight shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Sopore town in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, police said.

The gunmen barged into the house of Ghulam Hassan Dar, whose son is a sarpanch, and shot him from close range, a police official said, adding that the victim died on the spot.

Although it was not immediately clear as to why Dar was targeted, police said that the installation of the tower could have been the reason.

A police team has been rushed to the spot and has started investigations, they added.

Suspected militants yesterday shot dead an employee of a BSNL franchisee and injured two others in Sopore town.

A grenade was hurled at a residence where a mobile transmission tower was installed on Saturday night, but it failed to explode.

Telecom operators have been threatened earlier and, although officials were tight-lipped as to why the militants were targeting telecom installations, sources said the ultras are upset about the "theft" of their communication equipment from mobile transmission towers in Sopore and surrounding areas earlier this month.

The militants had allegedly installed communication equipment atop the towers of private and PSU companies.

Several?separatist and militant outfits, including Lashkar-e Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, have condemned the attack on BSNL franchisee employees. 

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