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JD (U) leader shot dead in Srinagar

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar | March 18, 2004 12:14 IST

Mukhtar Ahmad Bhat, vice-president the Yuva Janata Dal (United), was on Thursday morning shot dead by militants at Chattabal in the summer capital Srinagar.

Police said Bhat, a surrendered militant, died on the spot.

The killing is believed to be related to the Lok Sabha elections due in April-May 2004. Security to prominent political activists of all major parties in Jammu and Kashmir had been strengthened following militant threats.

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