SRINAGAR: A local BJP leader, along with his brother and father, was shot dead by unknown assailants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district late Wednesday evening.
Blaming the attack on militants, police officials said that Sheikh Waseem Bari, a former district president of the BJP, was sitting in a family shop on the ground flood of his roadside house in the main Bandipore town, 66-kilometre north of summer capital Srinagar, when the attack took place. They said his father Sheikh Bashir Ahmed and brother Umar Bari, who were also present, were critically injured in the indiscriminate firing by the militants.
The attack took place at the end of a one-day shutdown observed in Kashmir Valley Wednesday to commemorate the fourth death anniversary of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
Police and hospital sources said that the trio was rushed to Bandipora’s district hospital where doctors declared them brought dead.
Another report from Bandipora said that Waseem and his father and brother were attacked by gunmen while they were standing outside their house located opposite the town’s main police station.
Police sources said that ten policemen were assigned to guard the family in view of the militant threat. But none of them were apparently present at the time of the attack. Sources said that all of them have been suspended.
However, a report from Bandipora said that they have been arrested too. A local news agency quoted Inspector General of Police, Vijay Kumar, as saying, “All the ten PSOs have been arrested.”
Earlier another police officer said, “As the house and shop are together, the PSOs were allowed to sit on the first floor but, unfortunately, none of them was kept along at the time of the incident.”
The police officials said that a manhunt has been launched for the assailants. None of the militant outfits active in J&K has, so far, owned responsibility for carrying out the attack.