Kashmir separatist leader killed

Police in Indian-administered Kashmir have killed the chief field commander of a prominent Islamist separatist group, Hizb ul-Mujahidin.

    Indian police had sought Ghazi Shahab al-Din for 14 years

    Abd al-Rashid Shardar, also known as Ghazi Shahab al-Din, was killed by Indian police at Gurgadi Mohalla on Thursday, a congested locality of old Srinagar.

    Inspector General of Police, Rajendra Kumar, said that one or more of the fighter’s comrades were believed to have escaped after breaking the police dragnet.

    “His [Ghazi’s] moments were being constantly and closely watched over the past few days and the surveillance obtained us the big fish we were looking for, for quite some time.”

    The Indian officials say the separatist commander was high on India's list of most wanted fighters by security forces attempting to combat the 15-year-old guerrilla war.

    Hizb ul-Mujahidin confirmed Ghazi's death, but said this would not affect the group's resistance to occupation.

    Official statistics say more than 40,000 people have died in the Kashmiri strife so far but the local human rights groups put the toll twice that as high.

    Voting boycott

    Meanwhile, at least one Indian security officia died and 34 others wounded in a series of attacks carried out by separatists on polling stations in the Anantnag constituency in the south of the disputed province.

    No district in Kashmir had more
    than half its voters turn out

    Anantnag went to the polls in the third phase of the general elections for the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian parliament, on Wednesday.

    But the majority of its one million voters obeyed a boycott call issued by the separatists fighting Indian rule over the predominantly Muslim state.

    Kashmiri separatists had asked residents to boycott the elections, which they cay cannot be a substitute for the right of self-determination.

    In some districts, voter turn-out was less than two percent. Only 16% voted in the region's capital, Srinagar.

    Boycotters maintain that New Delhi has always interpreted participation in elections to the outside world as showing confidence in Indian rule and democracy.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.