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Militants attacked eight houses of political workers in South Kashmir

Militants either lobbed grenades at residences of politicians or masked gunmen barged into houses and ransacked them and also threatened the inhabitants.

Though such attacks by insurgents on political workers, perceived to be “pro-india”, have been occurring sporadically in the Valley for a long time now, the current spate has caught attention because of its frequency.

Militants attacked eight houses of political workers in south Kashmir in the past one week — from October 16-22 — with observers saying the sudden spike indicates the failure of security apparatus in the state.

The recent attacks began with the killing of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former village sarpanch Mohammad Ramzan Sheikh by a group of suspected militants in Shopian district on the night of October 16.

One of the militants was also killed when his colleague opened fire. The next evening, after the funeral of the slain militant, a mob of 200 set the political worker’s home ablaze, probably blaming the family for the death of the militant.

Since then, from October 19 to 22, there have been multiple instances every day in Tral, Kulgam and Shopian.

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