Kashmir Indepth

Security of political leaders Govt’s priority, we are ascertaining facts what led to killing of 3 BJP workers: Advisor Bhatnagar 
Incident did not take place in my jurisdiction claims, DC Kulgam

Junaid Shah
Srinagar Oct 30 (KINS): Advisor to Lieutenant Governor R R Bhatnagar Friday said the security of political workers was a top priority of the government but are ascertaining the facts what led to the killing of three BJP workers.
“The administration is providing security to political workers in Kashmir. But we are still collecting the details what led to the killings of three BJP workers. The government wants to ensure to provide all security to political workers here,” Bhatnagar told news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS). His statement comes after BJP’s senior leader Sofi Yusuf claimed that three BJP leaders were killed due to security lapse and demanded suspension of DC and SSP Kulgam.
On Thursday evening three BJP workers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Y K Pora area of Qazigund in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
The slain BJP workers were identified as Yuva Morcha General Secretary Kulgam, Fida Hussain Itoo, Umar Hajjam-both residents of Y K Pora Qazigund and Haroron Beigh of Sopat area of Qazigund.
DC Kulgam Showkat Aijaz claimed that the incident did not take place in his jurisdiction. “I refused allegations that there was any security lapse on my part,” Aijaz told news agency KINS.
While SSP Kulgam said he was busy and will talk later on this issue.
Senior BJP leader Sofi Yusuf claimed that attacks on BJP workers showed frustration of Pakistan and militants. “These attacks won’t weaken us. The militancy is going to end here soon,” he told news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS).
At the same time, Yusuf claimed that DC and SSP Kulgam were “responsible” for these killings.
“These killings took place because of carelessness of DC Kulgam and SSP Kulgam. They were told to keep workers on clusters but there are no vehicles, fuel and no security. Both are arrogant officers,” he claimed.
He said BJP won’t participate in any political activity or in election till DC and SP Kulgam are suspended. “These killings took place because of security failure. The SSP is not even picking up our workers calls. He does not even listen to DGP, Divisional Commissioner and IGP Kashmir,” he added. (KINS)

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