New Delhi: In a suspected militant attack, the Bhartiya Janata Party state secretary and his brother were shot dead from very close range in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district, on Thursday.
According to reports, the BJP state secretary, Anil Parihar, 52, and his brother and BJP senior member, Ajeet Parihar, 55, were shot dead in a dark, narrow lane near their house in the Tapal Gali Mohalla of Kishtwar town. The two brothers were returning to their home in the late evening after campaigning for the panchayat polls.
While confirming the death of both BJP leaders, a police officer said, “Both received multiple bullet injuries. While Anil died on the spot, Ajeet died while being shifted to the hospital.”
According to officials, the attackers were waiting for the brothers and fled the spot after attacking them while taking the advantage of dark lane. The police officer has assured that the hunt for the killers is under way.
Home minister Rajnath Singh and BJP chief Amit Shah have condemned the attack. This is the third attack on political workers in recent days in the state.
Region tense, army on standby
The killings of two brothers triggered widespread anger in the region. Angry people came out on the streets and staged protests, including some in sensitive areas. They also allegedly manhandled senior police officials. The district magistrate sought help from the Army to control the tense situation in the Kishtwar town. Following this, the Army staged a flag march in Kishtwar town in order to maintain law and order.
Curfew has been imposed in Kishtwar town and additional security personnel were also deployed in area. However, no untoward incident was reported and the situation in the town is under control.