Gunmen kill ruling party member in India, his wife in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) – Attackers shot dead a husband and wife who were both politicians of India’s ruling party in disputed Kashmir, police said, accusing anti-Indian rule activists of the attack .
Police said activists entered Ghulam Rasool Dar’s home in southern Anantnag town on Monday and shot him and his wife. Doctors declared them dead in a hospital.
Dar was the local chairman of the farmers wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata party. He and his wife were both members of the village council.
Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said the two were staying in a secure, government-provided hotel room in the nearby town of Kulgam, but were allowed to return home when they wished.
Suspected activists carried out a series of deadly attacks last year against BJP members in Kashmir. Among those killed were a senior BJP politician and his father and brother, who were also party members.
In June, assailants killed a BJP politician in the southern Tral region.
Indian-controlled Kashmiri rebels have been fighting New Delhi’s domination of the region since 1989.
Most Muslim Kashmiris support the rebel goal of uniting the territory, either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.
India insists that Kashmiri militancy is Pakistan sponsored terrorism. Pakistan denies the accusation and most Kashmiris see it as a legitimate struggle for freedom.
Tens of thousands of civilians, rebels and government forces have been killed in the conflict.