Advisor Baseer , political parties condemn killing
Srinagar, Sep 23: The chairman of Block Development Council (BDC) Khag was on Wednesday killed by suspected militants in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, official sources said.
The incident comes on a day when Jammu and Kashmir administration decided to hold elections for vacant panchayat seats in the Union Territory (UT).
Official sources said that suspected militants fired at Bhupinder Singh outside his residence at Khag in Budgam late in the evening. “Singh was critically injured in the firing,” they said, adding he was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.
They said the suspected militants managed to escape from the spot, adding security forces have been rushed to the area and a search operation has been launched to nab the attackers.
In a statement issued here, the Lieutenant Governor’s Advisor Baseer Khan condemned the killing and said that those behind the killing are the enemies of humanity and will be brought to book. He said that every effort will be made in bringing the culprits to justice.
The Advisor also expressed solidarity with the bereaved family members of Mr Singh and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.
Terming the killing as highly unfortunate, inhuman and barbaric, Apni Party president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said such acts of violence can never achieve anything except for bringing more miseries to the people.
He said the use of guns on innocent civilians since 1990s have only brought death and destruction to J&K and have further pushed the people to a dead end. Bukhari said the recent spree of killings of Panchayat representatives in Kashmir is a dastardly act by the elements inimical to peace and prosperity of J&K.
Meanwhile, National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and Peoples Conference also condemned Singh’s killing.
Meanwhile, suspected militants fired upon security forces in south Kashmir’s main Pulwama town on Wednesday morning.
Official sources said that militants fired upon on security forces in main town Pulwama. However there was no loss of life or injury reported, local news agency GNS reported.