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SRINAGAR: Terrorists shot dead a BJP councillor in Tral area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said here.The terrorists opened fire on Rakesh Pandit at his home in the evening, they said.Pandit was rushed to a hospital where he died, the officials said, adding “Late in the evening, three terrorists fired upon Councillor Rakesh Pandita of Tral, Bala who was visiting his friend at Tral Payeen. Pandita succumbed to injuries whereas daughter of his friend is seriously wounded,” a police officer said.The BJP Councillor was residing in a secure accommodation at Srinagar and was provided two PSOs. “The Councillor was not accompanied by the PSOs during his visit to Tral,” the police officer said, adding, “Police and security forces have cordoned off the area and massive search operation has been launched to nab the assailants.” Meanwhile, sources identified the injured girl as Asifa Mushtaq who has been shifted to SMHS hospital, they said.
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