Srinagar, June 02: Suspected militants on Wednesday shot dead a BJP leader and Municipal chairman while a woman was injured in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, official sources said.
They said that gunmen fired upon the BJP district secretary Tral Rakesh Pandita son of Somnath Bala from Tral Bala-C in the area, leaving him dead on the spot.
“Late in the evening, 3 unidentified (militants) fired upon Municipal Councillor, town Tral Rakesh Pandita of Tral Bala who was visiting his friend at Tral Payeen. Pandita succumbed to injuries whereas daughter of his friend is seriously wounded,” a police officer said.
Pertinently, the officer said that the councillor was residing in a secure accommodation at Srinagar and was provided with two PSOs. “The Councillor was not accompanied by the PSOs during his visit to Tral,” the police officer said, adding, “Police and security forces have cordoned the area and massive search operation has been launched to nab the assailants.”
Meanwhile, sources identified the woman as Asifa Mushtaq who has been shifted to SMHS hospital, they said. BJP JK spokesman Altaf Thakur strongly condemned the killing off party’s district secretary Tral and Muncipal Committee chairman for Tral . Thakur termed the attack as “barbaric” saying that such attacks “won’t stop BJP leaders from serving the people.” “Attacking unarmed people is no bravery and that police must track down the culprits and punish them accordingly.”