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Militants kidnap municipal chairman's son

April 10, 2005 22:43 IST

Militants on Sunday threatened to kill Sopore municipal chairman Ghulam Rasool Dar's son, whom they have kidnapped, if he did not step down by Monday.

Police said militants kidnapped Mehraj-ud-Din, 12, while he was playing cricket in Mehrajpora locality of Sopore town in north Kashmir's Baramulla.

Dar had won the recent civic poll as a Congress candidate.

He told the police that the abductors of his son had phoned his residence.

Militants have so far gunned down nearly half a dozen councillors across Kashmir, prompting the government to provide security to other councillors.

The councillors have said that the one armed guard provided to them is inadequate for their security.


Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar