BJP Sarpanch was along with his wife was killed in Jammu & Kashmir’s Anantnag where they were rushed to hospital and succumbed.
In Anantnag, Ghulam Rasool Dar, a BJP sarpanch along with his wife, was on Monday shot by LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) terrorists inside their house in J&K’s Anantnag. They were immediately shifted to a hospital, where they were declared brought dead, police said.
The incident, according to the police, took place at 4 pm on Monday in Lal Chowk area as the two terrorists entered the rented accommodation of Ghulam Rasool Dar and fired indiscriminately at him and his wife Jawhara Begum, officials said.
This now takes the number of saffron party workers killed in the valley this year to four.
The attack was confirmed by Jammu and Kashmir BJP leader Altaf Thakur. J-K Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha condemned the attack and said “I strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attack on 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 the bereaved family in this time of grief,” Sinha said.
Terming the killing as “barbaric and cowardly”, BJP’s Altaf Thakur said: “Attacking and killing innocent people will lead to nowhere and the acts reflect the frustration on part of the terrorists.”
Immediately after the incident, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Vijay Kumar reached the spot to have a firsthand assessment of the situation.
The IGP said that “two motorcycle-borne terrorists of banned LeT outfit were involved in this barbaric terror incident”.
The couple were provided with a secured accommodation at the Snow Cap Hotel, Kulgam, and both stayed there for a short period, but they had been continuously insisting to move to their house at Anantnag Town and also submitted an undertaking in this regard, police said.
“On their request, they were allowed to stay at the house in Anantnag. He was also provided with one PSO who, however, was found absent from duty at the time of the incident. The said PSO has been placed under suspension,” a statement from the police said.
Police have registered a case in this regard and a probe is in progress to establish the full circumstances of this terror crime.
Dar, a resident of the Redwani area of district Kulgam, was a sarpanch affiliated with the BJP. He had unsuccessfully contested the last year’s District Development Council elections.
He was also the district president of the BJP’s Kisan Morcha for Kulgam and was living in a rented accommodation in Anantnag.
Dar becomes the fourth BJP leader to be targeted by the terrorists this year alone.
Today in Shopian, a CRPF Jawan Injured in Attack
In Shopian in Jammu and Kashmir, one Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan was injured after militants on Tuesday attacked.
The attack occurred at the CRPF road opening party at Kralcheck Zainapora in Shopian.
At the present time, more details are awaited Shopian. The police also informed that the area has been cordoned off and a search is also underway.
Earlier on Monday, a BJP sarpanch along with his wife was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag.
The police also informed that the area has been cordoned off and a search is also underway.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba is a terrorist Islamist organisation operating in Pakistan and regarded as a terrorist group.