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Kishtwar: Participate in last rites of killed BJP leader, brother, appeals Jama Masjid prayer leader to Muslims

Srinagar: The prayer leader of Jama Masjid Kishtwar, Farooq Kitchloo, after the Friday prayers, appealed to the public to attend the last rites of killed BJP senior leader, Anil Parihar and his brother, Greater Kashmir reported. The move is being seen as a show of solidarity with the minority community.

Anil Parihar, who was the ruling party’s State Secretary, was shot dead along with his brother, when they were traveling in a car in Kishtwar District, of Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir.

A curfew was immediately imposed late night Thursday and the Indian Army staged a flag march.

District Magistrate Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana told PTI the situation was tense but under control.

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“The Army staged a flag march in Kishtwar town in order to maintain law and order,” Rana told PTI.

He said the curfew was strictly in place and additional armed forces personnel were deployed in sensitive areas of the town.

SSP Kishtwar Rajinder Gupta said a hunt was launched to track down those involved in the case.

The killings of Parihar brothers drew severe condemnation from all quarters.

The senior BJP leader and his brother were killed when were returning home after closing their stationary shop located outside old DC office complex, officials said.

As two were walking towards their home in Parihar mohalla through a dark lane in Tapal Mohalla, they were fired upon from a close range by gunmen around 8.40 pm, they said.

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The assailants were apparently waiting for the brothers to return home, they said.

The people rushed to the spot after hearing gunshots and rushed them to the district hospital in Kishtwar where they were declared brought dead, they added.

As the news spread locals rushed to hospital and the brothers’ house, where they held protests against the alleged failure of the administration and the police.

Angry people manhandled policemen, including the SSP, after arguing with them. They also clashed with the police and forced them to leave the hospital.

The angry mob raised anti-Pakistan slogans demanding arrest of those involved in the killings. The protestors later also took to streets and held a protest near the Kishtwar Police Station.

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