Srinagar: Terrorist on Saturday morning shot dead a ruling National Conference activist in the Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, police said. Bashir Ahmad Bhat was shot at from a close range in the densely populated Batmaloo area, barely two kilometres from city centre Lal Chowk.

Bhat was rushed to SMHS hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

Bashir Ahmad Bhat, a shopkeeper by profession and head of Batmaloo block, was also believed to be in close association of local MLA Bashir Ahmad Dar and NC leader Irfan Ahmad Shah.

It may be noted that beside Bhat’s shop there is also a bunker of CRPF. The CRPF personnel reached the spot and after cordoning off the area launched a search operation.

In 1996, Bhat's father Muhammad Jamal Bhat, a National Conference leader and the block head, was also killed by separatist guerrillas in the same area.

No militant group has so far taken responsibility for the murder.

SSP Srinagar Ashiq Hussain Bukhari said, “Some suspicious people are being spotted but no arrests have been made so far.”

JPN/Bureau