Updated: October 30, 2020 7:06:42 am
THREE BJP members, including the district general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), were killed by suspected militants in Kulgam district on Thursday evening.
Police sources said militants opened fire at Fida Hussain Yatoo, district general secretary of the BJYM, the BJP’s youth wing, and two party workers, Umar Ramzan Hajam and Umar Rashid Beig, at Y K Pora village in Kulgam, South Kashmir. While Yatoo died immediately, the other two died on the way to hospital.
“Today, at about 2020 hours, Kulgam police received information about a terror crime incident at Y K Pora, where terrorists had fired upon three BJP workers,” police said in an official statement. “Preliminary investigations revealed that terrorists fired upon three BJP workers at Eidgah Y K Pora, due to which they got injured. They were shifted to nearby hospital… where they were declared as brought dead,” the statement said.
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Police said a case has been registered. A joint team of J&K Police, Army and paramilitary forces have cordoned off the area and started search operations.
Condemning the killings, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said the “perpetrators of violence are the enemies of humanity and such cowardly acts cannot be justified”.
Official sources said at least nine BJP leaders and workers have been killed in militant attacks across Kashmir this year. Most of the attacks took place in South Kashmir.
On July 8, a senior party leader in Bandipore, Sheikh Waseem Bari, his father and brother, who were also with the BJP, were killed outside their house.
On August 9, Abdul Hameed Najar, president of the BJP’s OBC Morcha in Budgam, was shot at. He died the next day.
On August 6, a BJP sarpanch, Sajad Ahmad Khanday, was killed in Qazigund, in Kulgam district. Khanday, who was living in a guarded accommodation provided by the government, had gone home when he was attacked.
On August 5, militants shot at another BJP sarpanch, Arif Ahmad, in Akhran village of Qazigund. Ahmad was injured in the attack.
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