BJP Sarpanch, wife killed in Anantnag

LeT militants involved: Police; LG condemns

Srinagar: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Kulgam Kisan Morcha Chief & Sarpach and his wife were shot dead in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday, police said.

Police said at about 4 p.m., Anantnag police received information about the incident at Lalchowk area of the district where militants had fired upon BJP Sarpanch and his wife, a Panch.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that militants barged inside the rented accommodation of BJP Sarpanch Ghulam Rasool Dar, son of Ghulam Hassan Dar, resident of Redwani Kulgam at Lalchowk, Anantnag and fired indiscriminately from pistols. In this incident, BJP Sarpanch and his wife Jawhara Begum received critical gunshot injuries, and were immediately shifted to hospital, where both were declared brought dead,” a police officer said.

Police said although the couple were provided secured accommodation at Snow Cap Hotel in Kulgam and had stayed there for a short period but they had been continuously insisting to stay at their house at Anantnag town and also submitted an undertaking in this regard.

They were also provided a Personal Security Officer (PSO), who, however was found absent from duty at the time of incident. The said PSO has been placed under suspension.

Police has registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law.

IGP, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said that two-bike borne militants of LeT outfit were involved in this attack.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha strongly condemned the killings.

“I strongly condemn brutal terrorist attack on the Sarpanch GH Rasool Dar and his wife Jawhara Banoo of Redwani Bala, Kulgam. This is an act of cowardice and perpetrators of violence will be brought to justice very soon. My deepest condolences to bereaved family in this time of grief,” Office of LG J&K tweeted.

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