Suspected militants kill political worker in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Suspected militants killed a political worker and rural body head (Sarpanch) of pro-Indian party -- National Conference -- in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Tuesday.

The killing took place Monday night at village Kulpora- Liddermudh in district Pulwama, around 53 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"A Sarpanch Ghulman Mohammed Lone was shot dead by suspected militants in the premises of his residential house last night," said a senior police official posted in Pulwama. "Though his family immediately removed him to the nearest hospital but he was declared brought dead."

The 47-year-old Lone elected as rural body head in 2011 rural body elections was grass root level leader of ruling party NC. Currently NC is heading the coalition government in region.

"Lone was fired from a point-blank range by some unknown person, " said Mushtaq Ahmad, a local over telephone from Kulpora.

Soon after the killing, contingents of police and paramilitary troopers were rushed to the village in a bid to nab the assailants. Police has registered a case and started an investigation into the killing. So far no militant outfit has claimed responsibility of this killing.