Kulgam: Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar, Friday said the killing of three BJP men including a youth leader in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district was carried out by militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba and TRF outfits. He said the attackers have been identified and the vehicle used by them has been seized by police.
Yesterday, at around 8 PM, militants from the LeT and TRF came in a vehicle and resorted to indiscriminate firing at the BJP youth leader Fida Hussain and his two colleagues,” the IGP said while talking to reporters at the site of the incident.
“The militants fled in the same vehicle. We seized the vehicle near Achabal area of Anantnag. With the help of technical and human intelligence, we have identified the militants including two local militants Nisar Ahmed Khanday and Abbas Shiekh, who was earlier with Hizb and later joined LeT. The third one may be a foreigner,” he said.
He said police had provided protection to slain BJP youth leader Fida Hussain and he was lodged at Hotel Dolphin, Pahalgam. “Recently, he gave an undertaking that he can roam around without security. Now we are investigating what were they doing in Kulgam area,” the IGP said, adding that at least 1690 BJP workers, leaders, activists were lodged in various hotels while 157 were provided security cover based on threat perception.
“We urge BJP leaders, workers, activists not to venture out without their security guards and not to areas that are quite far,” he said.
While replying to a query, the IGP said that operations are on at seven to eight places across South Kashmir. “We will get the militants involved in the act soon,” he said. KNO
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