SRINAGAR — A police probe into the firing incident at Gulgam Kupwara last Friday has unravelled a failed attempt by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) men to get their security enhanced as well as increased attention from the party leadership.
So far police have arrested two persons including Ishfaq Ahmad Mir who was said to have suffered an arm injury in the incident. His father Mohammad Shafi is the BJP’s district president for Kupwara and the party has already placed him under suspension.
“In a Bollywood-style conspiracy, they tried to pass off the incident as a militant attack to get their security enhanced as well as get an added attraction from the party,” a police officer privy to the investigation said. In fact, the officer said, the injury was ‘stage-managed’.
Besides Ishfaq, the police have arrested Basharat Ahmad, the BJP’s spokesman for the Kupwara, in connection with the conspiracy.
A senior police officer confirmed the arrest of Ishfaq Ahmad and Basharat Ahmad.
In a related development, the BJP has placed Mohammad Shafi, the Kupwara district president, under suspension.
“The incident took in Kupwara on the night of July 16 in which Ishfaq Ahmad Mir, son of Mohammad Shafi (District President Kupwara), was involved. Some reports received from different sources took us to think about the credibility of our workers,” Priya Sethi (UT state Office Prabhari), said in a letter to G M Mir, the party spokesperson.
A copy of the letter has been sent to Mohammad Shafi Mir besides Ravinder Raina (State President, BJP, J&K), Ashok Koul (State General Secretary (Org), BJP, J&K).
The party has nominated G M Mir, the spokesperson, to examine the facts of the incident and report to the party by July 25. Till then, Shafi has been suspended and Anwar Khan ‘District Prabhari’ has been asked to look into the affairs of district Kupwara.