Kishtwar killing: JK Guv Malik says ‘killers have been identified, will be brought before public soon’

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Monday told media persons, following the reopening of the Jammu Civil Secretariat, that those behind the killing of  BJP State Secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit Parihar in Kishtwar have been identified and will be brought before the public soon.

The Governor said that both the killings ‘were the handiwork of terrorists’. “The killers have been identified and they will be before you soon, ” he added.

Malik said these killings were carried out by militants out of frustration as, during the last two months, people in the country have seen that all the four phases of urban local body polls completed without any killing in the valley.

The cremation of the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and his brother took place on Friday and was attended by MoS PMO Jitendra Singh and all other BJP leaders of the state.

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

The Indian Army had carried out a flag march in the curfew bound areas of Kishtwar while the police and paramilitary forces had been deployed in Bhaderwah and parts of Doda districts.

Protests were reported in Jammu, Reasi, Udhampur, Ramban, Kathua, Bhaderwah and Samba areas of the region.

A complete shutdown was observed on Friday in the Chenab Valley against the killings.

Anil and Ajit Parihar were returning home on Thursday evening after closing their stationery shop when unidentified gunmen fired at them in Tappal Gali area of Kishtwar town.

Authorities had also suspended mobile Internet services in Kishtwar and other sensitive areas of the Chenab Valley.

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