Majid Kapra

NC MLA blames govt, BJP-RSS for party workers’ killings

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Srinagar, Oct 06: A day after two of her party workers were killed here in downtown Srinagar, National Conference (NC) MLA Shameema Firdous Saturday blamed the BJP-RSS and the Governor’s administration for the killings.

“I have no hesitation in saying that the BJP-RSS killed my workers. I have no doubt about it,” she told reporters here.

She said had the government been able to create conducive atmosphere for elections, two innocents would not have lost their lives. She said the attack was the “handiwork of RSS and BJP”.

The Habbakadal MLA also blamed the Governor Satya Pal Malik-led administration for the killings, which she claimed were the result of a “well-planned conspiracy to deter the NC and the people of the state from participating in the Assembly polls”.

The two NC workers were shot dead by unknown gunmen in the Karfali Mohalla area of the city Friday, while another worker of the party was injured in the attack, the police said.

“They were most dedicated workers of the party who always worked for development of this area. This is the handiwork of RSS and BJP who wants to gain brawny points out of this ghastly act,” said emotionally charged NC leader while addressing media at her residence.

Firdous criticised the Governor and police for making “false claims” of security arrangements, saying the gunmen had come to the locality twice with a design to open fire on her party workers.

The NC legislator said that the victims were attacked in broad daylight but the police has not been able to make any headway in the case so far.

“It is unfortunate that police even could not be able to ascertain as to how gunmen managed their entry in Karfalli Mohalla like congested area. After firing few shots the attackers left the scene but returned again and fired indiscriminately,” she added.

“Where was the police? Where were the security checkpoints? What happened to the assurances of the Governor of free, fair and secure polls?” she asked.

“No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for these killings. The government and the Governor are equally responsible for the killings of my workers,” she said while breaking into tears.

Firdous said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was going all out to ensure victory in the local bodies’ polls, which her party had boycotted over the issue of Article 35-A.

“We have no connection with the election process, but the BJP has. A BJP leader has admitted that his party has fielded candidates as independents. They are doing everything to win these polls,” she added.

The NC leader asked the Governor to order a probe into the killings of her party workers and ensure that the killers were unmasked.

“There is much more to the killings of my workers than meets the eye,” she said.


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