J&K: Jaipur Couple Wounded, Ex-Sarpanch Shot Dead

Two separate terrorist attacks in J&K on Saturday evening wounded a young tourist couple from Jaipur and killed a former BJP sarpanch, aiming to disrupt the Lok Sabha elections in the Union territory.

Sources reported that terrorists attacked Tabrez and his wife Farha from Jaipur in Yannar near Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. According to PTI, the attack occurred while the couple was at a tourist campsite in the popular destination.

Kashmir zone police confirmed that the couple was taken to a hospital for treatment, but the nature and condition of their injuries were unknown at the time of reporting.

Continuous Attacks Are Seen In J&K

This attack marked the third incident targeting non-natives in J&K during this election season. On April 17, terrorists shot and killed a 35-year-old roadside food vendor from Bihar in Anantnag. Earlier, on April 8, a tourist taxi driver from New Delhi suffered bullet wounds in Shopian district while stopping at a restaurant with tourists.

In another attack in Shopian district, terrorists killed former sarpanch Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh near his home in Heeripora. Security forces launched manhunts at both attack sites. Sources indicated that The Resistance Front (TRF), backed by Lashkar-e-Taiba, might be responsible for the attack on the Jaipur couple.

Former CM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti condemned both assaults in a tweet, stating, “…the timing of these attacks given that the South election was delayed without any reason is a cause of concern. Especially keeping in mind normalcy claims touted by GOI.”

The Anantnag-Rajouri parliamentary constituency is set to hold elections on May 25, with Mehbooba Mufti competing against Mian Altaf Ahmad of the National Conference and Zaffar Mansh of the Apni Party in a three-way contest. Initially, the polls were scheduled for May 7.

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