New Delhi: Those behind the killing of a senior BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother in Kishtwar district have been identified and they will be brought before public soon, said Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday. He claimed that both the killings were the handiwork of terrorists.
“These killings were carried out by militants out of frustration as, during the last two months, people in the country have seen that all the four phases of urban local body polls completed without any killing in the valley,” said Malik.
BJP state secretary Anil Parihar(52) and his brother, Ajeet Parihar(55) were killed while they were walking towards their home in Parihar mohalla through a dark lane in Tapal Mohalla. They were fired upon from a close range by suspected militants around 8.40 pm on Thursday.
An indefinite curfew was imposed in parts of Kishtwar and Doda districts following the killing. The curfew was, however, lifted from Doda district, including the main town and Bhadarwah along with Paddar and Chatroo sub-divisions of Kishtwar district Saturday, but Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) continued to remain in force in these areas as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
Earlier on Sunday, BJP national vice president Avinash Rai Khanna had termed the killing a ‘cowardly act’. He asked the state administration to view the incident seriously as it might be an attempt to revive militancy in the Jammu region.
“The Governor administration should take these killings as a serious development in Kishtwar as the militancy related acts were brought to almost zero in Jammu province in last few years and this may be an attempt towards revival of the militancy, which needs to be curbed at the very onset,” Khanna had said in a statement.
The Jammu and Kashmir in-charge of the BJP had demanded adequate compensation for the bereaved family besides employment to the next of kin the deceased persons.