‘Lashkar, TRF’ militants behind killing of 3 BJP workers in south Kashmir’s Kulgam, says police

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‘Vehicle used by militants seized, attackers identified, search Ops on at 8 places in South Kashmir, will get those involved in act soon’

Kulgam: Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar on Friday said that “Lashkar-e-Taiba and TRF” militants are involved in the killing of three BJP workers including a youth leader at South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

He said that police has seized the vehicle used by militants for the attack and all the attackers have been identified.

Talking to reporters at the site of the incident, the IGP said 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.

“Then the militants fled in the same vehicle. We seized the vehicle near Achabal area of Anantnag. With the help of our technical and human intelligence, three militants who carried out the act include a local militant Nisar Ahmed Khanday, Abbas Shiekh, who was earlier with Hizb and later joined LeT, and 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,” he said, adding that at least 1690 BJP workers, leaders, activists were lodged in various hotels while 157 were provided with security cover on the basis of threat perception.

“We urge BJP leaders, workers, activists not to venture out without their security guards and don’t go to areas that are quite far,” he said.

The IGP while replying to a query 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.


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