Grenade attack on residence of political worker in Tral, no loss

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Srinagar: Suspected militants on Monday evening lobbed a grenade at the residence of Panchayat representative in Tral area of South Kashmir.

However, it was not immediately known with which party he was affiliated.

Police said that militants hurled a grenade towards the residence of Bupinder Singh of Tral, Pulwama, who is a Panch.

“The grenade exploded outside his house and there was no injury or loss of property reported in the incident,” Police said adding that area has been cordoned off to nab the attackers.

In last week, a BJP leader from Budgam and a Sarpanch from Kulgam associated with BJP were killed while as another one was injured by suspected militants in different incidents. Around five BJP workers including three of a family were shot dead by suspected militants in last one month.

Following the incidents, several BJP workers resigned from the party citing “personal reasons.”

In this regard, JK Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary (Organisation) Ashok Koul wrote to party’s national president J P Nadda seeking safe accommodation for the party leaders in every district of Kashmir and urged workers and leaders not to come out without security cover.

“The issue is that there was a safe accommodation for our workers in Ompora, but unfortunately there was no food arrangement for them. I met Deputy Commissioner Anantnag yesterday and discussed the issue, he told me that there are no funds for providing food for the BJP leaders if lodged in separate safe accommodation,” Koul said.

Asked whether he had discussed the issue with the party chief J P Nadda, Koul said he spoke to the party president and has also written a letter to him seeking safe accommodations for party workers and leaders in each district of Kashmir.

“We don’t want our leaders, workers and activists to become an easy catch for militants. There should be a building in each district where 50 to 60 BJP workers, activists and leaders would be accommodated. The building should be provided fool-proof security cover and every single worker or a leader should go out along with proper security cover,” Koul said.

Meanwhile, BJP JK spokesman Altaf Thakur said that providing safe accommodations to the workers and leaders of BJP is need of the hour. “All the safe accommodations at district level should have security cover. No worker should venture out without personal security cover and without informing the purpose of his/her visit to the concerned police station,” Thakur said.

BJP’s Media Incharge, Manzoor Bhat echoed similar concerns and said the only way to protect the workers, leaders and activists is to keep them in safe accommodation at their own district headquarters. “They should not come out unnecessarily,” he said.


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