RSS leader, PSO shot dead in Kishtwar; curfew imposed, Army called out

RSS leader, PSO shot dead in Kishtwar; curfew imposed, Army called out
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Srinagar, Apr 9: A gunman opened fire at an RSS leader at a hospital in Kishtwar, leaving him and his personal security officer dead, officials said Tuesday, as curfew was imposed in the communally-sensitive town in the Jammu region.
The Army has been out to maintain law and order in Kishtwar and Bhaderwah districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The state administration imposed curfew in the town as well as the neighbouring Bhaderwah, besides snapping the Internet connection, the officials said.
“Curfew has been imposed in the town (as a precautionary measure)”, Inspector General (Jammu region) Manish Sinha said.
After the firing, the militant took away the weapon of the killed PSO identified as Rajinder before fleeing from the spot, Kishtwar Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shakti Pathak said.
Earlier, police had said that the unidentified gunmen had snatched the rifle of the PSO and shot at the RSS leader.
Following the attack, protests broke out in Kishtwar town and at hospital against the government and police.
Apprehending law and order situation, authorities imposed curfew in Kishtwar and Bhaderwah towns of Kishtwar and Doda district, the officials said.
This is second such incident in Kishtwar town during past six months.
On November 1, state secretary of BJP Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet were returning from their shop in Kishtwar, were gunned down in a lane leading to their house in Kishtwar town.
Senior police officials have rushed to the scene, they said. (PTI)