New Delhi: A day after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet Parihar were killed in a terrorist attack in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, two personal security officials of the leader — Om Prakash and Sahil Kumar were detained on Friday. Anil Parihar had been given these two PSOs for his security, but at the time of the attack they were not accompanying the leader, senior Superintendent of Police Kishtwar Rajinder Gupta said. If the PSOs would have been with him, tragedy could have been averted, police said. Also Read - Jharkhand BJP Leader Shot Dead at a Market by Unidentified Assailants
The Jammu and Kashmir government also constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the incident. “The SIT has been constituted by police to probe the killings. It is headed by Assistant Superintendent of Police Prabeet Singh. They will probe all the aspects of killing and find who are involved in it,” Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana told PTI. Also Read - TMC MP Likens Nirmala Sitharaman to 'Kal Nagini', Says People Dying Due to 'Worst FM'
“We urge all the political leaders and protected persons to keep their PSOs with them and do not allow them leave them unguarded,” the DC said. Authorities will be issuing an advisory asking protected persons in Jammu and Kashmir to not move anywhere without their PSOs. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: CRPF Jawan Injured in IED Blast in Pulwama
BJP state secretary Anil Parihar, 52, and his brother, Ajeet Parihar, 55, were killed on Thursday night when they were returning home after closing their stationary shop located outside old DC office complex.
Meanwhile, massive protests rocked Jammu division Friday against the killings of the leader and his brother. The Army Friday staged a flag march in Kishtwar town of Jammu and Kashmir, where suspected militants killed. District Magistrate Angrez Singh Rana said that a curfew imposed in the area on Thursday night was still in place and additional security personnel had been deployed. Rana added that no untoward incidents was reported.
(With inputs from agencies)