SRINAGAR: A worker of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was shot by unknown gunmen in north Kashmir's Baramulla district late Tuesday night. A relative of the worker was also injured in the firing.

Reports and police sources said the incident took place at around 10:30 pm on Tuesday in Khanpora area of Baramulla when the PDP worker identified as Abdul Rashid Lone was returning home after offering late evening prayers in a local mosque.

"Unidentified gunmen surfaced near the mosque and opened fire on him, wounding him. A relative of Lone was also injured in the firing incident. Both were shifted to a hospital for treatment and their condition is stable," a senior police officer said, wishing anonymity.

Following the attack, a contingent of J&K Police and the Army launched a cordon in the area and also raided several localities during which three persons have been detained for questioning. No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The incident comes a week after a PDP worker was shot and critically wounded in the summer capital Srinagar. Abdul Qayoom, a resident of Barzulla was shot by unidentified gunmen last Wednesday following which he was admitted to SMHS hospital in a critical condition with three bullet injuries.

Following the civilian uprising last year in the aftermath of the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani, the ruling party leaders and activists have come under the attacks of militants, forcing many of them in the volatile south Kashmir to flee from their residence along with their families.

A district president of PDP was shot dead by unknown militants in Pinglena area of Pulwama district in broad daylight on April 24. Abdul Gani Dar was shot thrice from a close range with an assault rifle following which he was rushed to SMHS hospital where he succumbed to injuries. Earlier, on April 17, militants had shot dead a former public prosecutor affiliated with opposition National Conference in Shopian district.

(Cover Photograph BASIT ZARGAR of Tral encounter)