A BJP councillor was shot useless and a lady injured in an assault by militants on Wednesday evening in South Kashmir’s Tral.
Rakesh Pandita, who was the chairman of the Tral Municipal Committee, stayed at a authorities lodging beneath safety in Srinagar as a result of militant risk, and had been assigned two Private Safety Officers (PSOs). Police mentioned Pandita had left his safety officers behind on his go to to Tral, a militant stronghold and his hometown.
Police mentioned three unidentified terrorists opened hearth at Pandita, killing him on the spot. The injured girl was the daughter of a buddy whom he had gone to go to. “He succumbed to accidents whereas the girl is significantly wounded,” a police assertion mentioned.
It’s the third killing of a councillor in Kashmir this yr. On March 30, militants had stormed the workplace of the Sopore Municipal Council and killed two councillors, additionally belonging to the BJP, and a policeman.
The police, Military and paramilitary forces have cordoned off the world and are looking for the attackers.
The BJP mentioned the killed councillor, a Kashmiri Pandit, was the celebration’s district secretary for Tral. “It was a barbaric assault. Killing unarmed individuals isn’t any bravery and police should observe down the culprits and punish them,” celebration spokesperson Altaf Thakur mentioned, including, “Such assaults received’t cease BJP leaders from serving the individuals.”
Condemning the assault, Lt Normal Manoj Sinha tweeted, “Terrorists won’t ever succeed of their nefarious designs, and people liable for such heinous acts shall be delivered to justice.”
Different events too condemned the killing. “These mindless acts of violence have introduced solely distress to J&Ok,” former Chief Minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti posted, providing her condolences to Pandita’s household.
Individuals’s Convention chief Sajad Lone tweeted: “This gun is a curse. Simply ponder. Because the day this menace got here into Kashmir. What have we seen. In a nut shell whole disempowerment of the Kashmiri. Pricey gunmen. Can u please return the place u got here from. We’ve had sufficient.”
Elections for municipal councillors had been held in October 2018, instantly after J&Ok was put beneath then Governor’s rule. The 2 main mainstream political events, the Nationwide Convention and PDP, had boycotted the polls.
Militants have additionally focused elected panchs and sarpanchs, particularly in South Kashmir.