BJP’s J&K unit secretary Anil Parihar was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kishtwar district on Thursday. His brother, Ajit Parihar, was injured in the attack.
BJP state president Ravinder Raina said the two brothers were attacked by “terrorists” at around 8 pm in the evening. However, Raina said Ajit also succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.
“J&K secretary Anil Parihar and his brother were shot by terrorists in Kishtwar around 8 pm today. They were taken to hospital immediately where they succumbed to injury,” Ravinder Raina told news agency ANI.
The brothers were returning from their shop in Kishtwar when they were fired from close range at a dark, narrow lane leading to their house, officials told PTI.
The assailants were apparently waiting for the brothers to return home and used pistols to target them, they said.
Divisional Commissioner (Jammu) Sanjeev Verma said that police are investigating the matter. BJP state general secretary Ashok Kaul condemned the attack. This is the first attack on any political leader in the Jammu region in past several years.
With PTI inputs