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J&K BJP worker shot; 2nd militant attack on party leader in 8 days

This is the second militant attack on BJP activists in south Kashmir in just over a week. On August 9, BJP sarpanch Ghulam Rasool Dar and his wife Jawahira Begum, who was a BJP panch, were killed in Anantnag.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar |
Updated: August 18, 2021 4:26:42 am
The assailants fired upon Javeed Ahmad Dar near his residence in Brazloo Jageer area of the south Kashmir district at around 4.30 pm.

Suspected militants on Tuesday killed a BJP worker in Kulgam area of south Kashmir. Javed Ahmad Dar was shot outside his home in Bazloo Jageer village of the district, police said.

According to BJP, Dar is the 21st party activist killed by militants in the last two years, with nine of them killed in Kulgam district alone in the last one year.

This is the second militant attack on BJP activists in south Kashmir in just over a week. On August 9, BJP sarpanch Ghulam Rasool Dar and his wife Jawahira Begum, who was a BJP panch, were killed in Anantnag.

Dar was a BJP activist and also the party’s constituency in-charge for Homeshalibugh Assembly segment of Kulgam.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that terrorists barged into the house of a civilian, identified as Javid Ahmad Dar (contractor by profession), and fired indiscriminately upon him. In this terror incident, he received critical gunshot injuries and died on spot,” police said in a release. “As claimed by BJP spokesman, deceased person was a BJP worker. As per district police, no one approached for security and even local BJP leaders didn’t share his name in the list of PPs (protected persons).”

The BJP termed Dar’s killing as a “shameful and cowardly” act. Other political leaders also condemned the murder.

“Terrible news from Kulgam, Javed Ahmad was gunned down in cold blood. I unreservedly condemn this terror attack and send my heartfelt condolences to Javed’s family and colleagues..” former chief minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah tweeted.

Condemning the killing, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said “there is no place for such acts of violence”.

The party said 23 of its activists and workers have been killed in the Valley in the last two years.

“In the past one year, nine deaths of BJP leaders/workers (has been) reported from Kulgam district alone,” party spokesperson Altaf Thakur said. “(It is) a matter of serious concern. (It is) high time for police to book culprits and provide safe and secure accommodation to BJP workers and activists in south Kashmir.”

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