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Militants kidnap municipal chairman's son

By Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar
April 10, 2005 22:43 IST
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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.


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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar