THREE days after the killing of a BJP leader and his brother in Kishtwar, posters of Hizbul Mujahideen appeared in the adjoining Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, asking people not to participate in the upcoming Panchayat elections.
Written in Urdu under the letterhead of the banned terror outfit, the posters appeared in Dhandal and Gurmal areas of Kashtigarh on Saturday. Police immediately removed these posters.
A case under various provisions of Ranbir Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was registered on Sunday and nearly a dozen people picked up for questioning.
Doda SSP Shabir Ahmad Malik said investigation was in progress. The police had called people dealing in photostat business, but all of them were let off after questioning, he added.
This has been the first incident of the appearance of a terror outfit’s posters in an area of the otherwise peaceful Jammu province asking people to not to participate in the Panchayat elections. The Panchayat elections are being held in the state in nine phases, beginning November 17.
Doda Deputy Commissioner visited the area and held a public darbar to reassure people about security arrangements in the area and asked them not to get scared and understand the design of miscreants. The police too have started patrolling the area to restore confidence of public.
BJP state secretary Anil Parihar and his elder brother Ajit Parihar were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kishwar’s Tapal Mohawks on Thursday night. While police said investigation was in progress, BJP leaders said these were targeted killings by terrorists to derail the upcoming elections. BJP chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi said Anil Parihar was on a campaign for the Panchayat elections in the district.