Panch candidate shot at by militants determined to fight polls

Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was shot at and injured by militants for filing nomination papers for panchayat elections in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir, on Wednesday said he is determined to contest the polls on May 25.

Last Updated: May 18, 2011, 16:03 PM IST

Srinagar: Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was shot at and injured by militants for filing nomination papers for panchayat elections in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir, on Wednesday said he is determined to contest the polls on May 25.

"It has been ordained by the Almighty that I contest the elections. Even if my last drop of blood is spilled, I am not going to back track," Bhat said lying on his hospital bed.

Bhat, 65, was shot by militants in the right foot at Hajam Mohalla in Sopore town of Baramulla district yesterday for filing nomination papers for the post of panch in the ongoing panchayat elections.

He said two unknown persons stopped him while he was on his way home and shot him.

"They (the militants) said we have warned you against taking part in the elections. Now we will not kill you but we will only maim you," Bhat said.

He said he told the militants that he would withdraw from the elections if they spared him of any harm but gave up the idea after they refused to spare him.

PTI