In the first such incident in the ongoing 8-phase election for District Development Councils (DDCs) and local bodies across Jammu and Kashmir, terrorists on Friday shot and injured a candidate in the Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The injured candidate, Anees-ul-Islam is contesting DDC election from the Sangam block of Anantnag district.
The terror attack came around the noon when the candidate received injury on his finger and thigh after which he was rushed to the hospital. His condition is stated to be stable, police said.
Anees had filed his papers as an independent but is reported to have recently joined the J&K Apni Party which is considered friendly towards BJP. Polling was today held for 33 DDC seats including 16 in Kashmir and 17 in Jammu division.
Security forces, including the Army, CRPF and J&K Police, immediately cordoned the area and launched search for terrorists.
Police said that Anees was asked to reside in the secured Khanabal camp and go for campaigning with police escort. However, he did not inform the police about his plans to move out. His movement was neither conveyed to the police control room or the concerned police station.
State election commissioner KK Sharma while condemning the attack said security of candidates is being reviewed.