A Congress party sarpanch, his son and a village official were tonight shot dead by militants in separate incidents in Tral area of Pulwama district of Kashmir.
Militants barged into the house of sarpanch Ghulam Nabi Mir at Batagund in Tral area and opened fire, police said.
Mir died on the spot while his son Firdous Ahmad, who was injured in the incident, succumbed later.
This was the second killing of a sarpanch in four days in Pulwama district where militants on Thursday shot dead a PDP sarpanch in Awantipora area.
In the second incident, militants shot at Mohammad Anwar Sheikh (60), who was working as 'Numberdar' (village official) when he was coming out of a mosque at Amlar in Tral area.
Sheikh was taken hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
Today's incidents take the number of political killings to three in Kashmir since the Lok Sabha poll schedule was announced.
Again, one hopes somebody is keeping track of all these terrorist killings. There's just no way this could be legitimate "freedom fighting" against some oppressor. Who is oppressing whom in this case, the village sarpanch, the village official, the brother? And whom were they oppressing?
There have been uncountable numbers of these kinds of incidents, each one a tragedy. And completely unjustified.