Four days after J&K BJP secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit were shot dead by gunmen in Kishtwar, Governor Satya Pal Malik Monday said that the killers have been identified and they will be brought to book soon.
The Parihar brothers were shot dead from close range by suspected militants last week in Kishtwar’s Tapal mohalla and just days before panchayat polls in the state will be held in nine phases starting November 17.
“Those people who did it have been identified and they will be brought before you very soon,’’ Malik said while talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event at the civil secretariat. “It has been 100 per cent terrorist related incident,’’ he said, adding that there are efforts to revive militancy in the area. “It has happened earlier also, but we will not allow it to succeed.”
Malik described the killings as “very unfortunate’’, and said they were planned “out of frustration’’ among “their mentors of terrorists across the border” after the four-phase urban local body polls were conducted without any untoward incident.
Following the incident, the police constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killing even as curfew was imposed in parts of Kishtwar.