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Srinagar: Unidentified gunmen tonight allegedly kidnapped a sarpanch belonging to ruling National Conference from Sopore area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district, police said.

Ghulam Mohammad Mir (62) was abducted by six gunmen from his residence in Tarzoo area of Sopore town at around 9 pm, a police official said.

Mir's family lodged a complaint with police following which a search operation has been launched to rescue the kidnapped sarpanch.

The kidnapping comes three days after Sopore Assembly segment went to polls in the third phase of elections in the state.

The apple town, hitherto known as separatist stronghold, saw a turnout of 30 percent, which was 10 percent higher than 2008 assembly elections.  

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