Uttar Pradesh Congress leader, Saleem Ahmad was shot dead on 18 November by unknown assailants which has sent a wave of shock and fear in the whole area. On receipt of this news, police reached the spot and sent the body for post mortem. No arrests have so far been made but police search is going on. It is thought that Saleem being a contractor, his murder is the result of trade rivalry. His relatives have not registered any complaint against any suspected person.
Sajjad Ahmad Mehdi, former Nawab of Peerpur princely state died in Delhiís Escorts hospital on 8 November. He was a heart patient and was undergoing treatment in this hospital for about a fortnight. He was 82 and leaves behind his daughter. He was Parliamentary affairs minister in Jawaharlal Nehruís cabinet. Subsequently, he was chairman of Waqf Board also. Begum Noor Bano and other members of Nawab of Rampurís family were present on the occasion of his death.
Maulana Shah Tasalli Hasan, a great preacher of Islam, died in Lucknow on 14 November at the approximate age of 75 years. His dead body was brought to Varanasi and buried in a small graveyard adjacent to his fatherís monastery. Though he had settled down in Lucknow, he very rarely was available there because most of the time he was out on tabligh. He leaves behind his widow, two sons and two daughters.
Samajwadi Party leader, Mohammad
Usman, was shot dead by some unknown persons near Saleempur village of Saharanpur district when he was proceeding to another village along with two of his colleagues.
Senior National Conference leader and a former minister in Dr Farooq Abdullah government, Safdar Ali Baig was shot dead by some unidentified militants on 21 October outside his house in Anantnag. He was 59. His personal security officer, Javed Ahmad was inured in the shoot-out. He was rushed to hospital but was declared brought dead.
Safdar Ali Baig, former minister of Jammu and Kashmir and a leader of National Conference was shot dead on 21 October by militants near his residence in Anantnag. No militant organisation has as yet claimed the responsibility for his killing. His body guard was seriously injured.
PAndit Nayab Shah Warsi of Barabanki died in Deva Shareef on 9 October. He was laid to rest in Deva
Dr Maqbool Ahmad, a surgeon and social activist who rendered valuable services for the cause of the community in Kolkata, died in Canada on 11 October. During his long stay in Kolkata he guided All Bengal Muslim Womenís Association at every step and also greatly helped it financially. Because of indifferent health lately, he was settled in Canada along with his children.
Famous Urdu poet and All India Radio, Rampurís station director, Mohammad Ali ĎMaují
died at Rampur on 30 October at the age of 58. He was suffering from cancer. He leaves behind his widow and four daughters. Three of his poetic collections are Surkhroo, Shahr-e Wisaal and Manaqib-e Khwaja. UPís Parliamentary affairs minister Azam Khan said in his condolence message that with his death India and Urdu literature has lost a great poet of modern ghazal. With his taking over as station director both the quantity and quality of Urdu programmes from Rampurís station have vastly increased.ę
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