Srinagar: Bhartiya Janta Party has asked the Jammu and Kashmir police to conduct a verification of 1,270 party workers in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
The demand came days after the party’s Sarpanch from Kulgam was held for possessing a pistol and other ammunition.
On August 18, police arrested a BJP sarpanch Aqib Shafi Badder and his associate in Kulgam.
“The duo travelling on a motorbike was signaled to stop. However, they brandished a pistol and tried to flee. They were chased by the armed personnel and arrested,” police had said in a statement.
Police said a pistol, two magazines, and 12 rounds were recovered from their possession.
Quoting BJP district president Kulgam A H Khan, The New Indian Express reported that sarpanch Aqib had joined BJP about five months ago.
Being a BJP worker, Aqib was provided safe accommodation in a guest house, where BJP workers stay, he said.
The report quoting Khan said the party had no information that he was a stone pelter arrested by police and an Over Ground Worker (OGWs) of militants.
Police, he said, did not inform the party that Aqib was a stone pelter, the report said.