Slain went to Tral without PSOs: Police
By: Jahangeer Ganaie
Tral: Unknown gunmen on Wednesday evening shot dead a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader while another associate of the party was wounded in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said.
An official said that suspected militants shot at a BJP leader in Tral, adding that he was shifted to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. He identified the BJP leader as Rakesh Pandit.
The official said that he was shot at house of neighbor Mushtaq Ahmad where his daughter identified as Asifa Mushtaq has also sustained injuries during the attack, saying that she has been shifted to Sub District Hospital Tral where she is undergoing treatment.
Meanwhile, the officials said that the area has been cordoned off to nab the attackers.
Moreover, Jammu and Kashmir police stated that the slain BJP leader and Municipal Committee Tral Chairman Rakesh Pandita was provided two PSOs and a secured hotel accommodation in Srinagar but he went to Tral without PSOs.
Police tweeted that: “Militants shot dead one councillor namely Rakesh Pandita in #Tral. Despite provided 02 PSOs & secured hotel accommodation in Srinagar, the said councillor went to Tral without PSOs. Area cordoned off & search is going on.” (KNO)