Jammu and Kashmir: Mob sets ablaze Shopian house of slain PDP activist, family rescued by police

A day after a PDP activist was killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian, a mob attacked his home and set it on fire, according to media reports. However, his family was rescued by the police.

As the mourners were gathering at the residence of Sheikh, a mob mainly comprising of overground workers of Hizbul Mujahideen and other anti-national elements attacked the house, police said.

Immediately, police swung into action and rescued the family members which included Sheikh's mother, Rafiqa, wife Nusrat Begum, brother Farooq Ahmed Sheikh, his two sons and two daughters.

Jammu and Kashmir: Mob sets ablaze Shopian house of slain PDP activist, family rescued by police

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Terming it as inhumane, Director General of Police SP Vaid said, "The family had not even condoled the death of their loved one properly before such a senseless act instigated by terrorists was perpetrated on them in less than 24 hours."

"Tears of two small daughters and two sons may not have dried off their cheeks and they had to witness inhumanity once again. It's a shameless act," Vaid said.

He said that an FIR has been registered against the rioters. Strict action as per law will be taken against those involved in the incident, Vaid said.

On Monday, militants had fired at Muhammad Ramzan Sheikh in Imam Sahib area of Shopian, a police officer said, adding he was taken to the hospital in a critical condition where doctors declared him dead, IANS said.

"Three terrorists fired upon and killed PDP activist and former sarpanch Mohammad Ramzan in Shopian," a senior police official said.

The slain militant was identified as Showkat Ahmad, a local resident, the official said.

The attack comes a week after the killing of Hizbul terrorist, media reports said.

On 9 October, in an encounter in Gatipora village of Shopian district, security forces killed one terrorist.

The terrorist killed in the encounter was identified as Abid and was said to be a member of Hizbul Mujahideen.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Oct 17, 2017 18:07:02 IST

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