BJP protests in Srinagar against security withdrawal of political workers

BJP protests in Srinagar against security withdrawal of political workers

Srinagar, May 7: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday held a protest in the summer capital, Srinagar, against Governor Administration’s decision to withdraw security cover of political workers in Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, BJP State General Secretary Ashok Koul surrendered his security as a mark of protest against the decision of the administration.
Scores of BJP leaders and workers led by Kaul assembled at Press Enclave in Srinagar on Tuesday, demanding withdrawal of the order and reinstatement of security to political workers in the state.
The protest comes in the backdrop of killing of a BJP leader by unidentified gunman in south Kashmir district of Anantnag on Saturday.
However, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday said that assassination of BJP leader by unidentified gunmen in south Kashmir on Saturday should not be linked to withdrawal of security from politicians.
Gul Mohammad Mir was fired upon by gunmen at Nowgam Verinag in Anantnag on Saturday night.
Taking to reporters after the protest, Koul said he is surrendering his security as a mark of protest against the withdrawal of security of political workers. “We demand that our workers should be provided with adequate security. If our workers can’t have security cover, he too will not ask for it,” he said.
He said that a formal letter has also been sent to the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Security Wing Kashmir in which they have demanded that till full proof security is not provided to the BJP workers, ‘he as general secretary of the party will surrender his security till the time their demand is not fulfilled.
Koul later left Press Enclave in an auto rickshaw without any security.