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Omar Abdullah grieved over killing of BJP leader, his brother

Srinagar: The murder of BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit Parihar in Kishtwar last evening has been condemned widely as condolences continue to pour in.

National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah expressed shock and grief over the killing of Parihar and his brother.

Offering condolences with the bereaved family and their colleagues, NC vice president prayed for the eternal peace to the departed souls.

Meanwhile party General Secretary Haji Ali Mohammad Sagar, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani and other party functionaries also expressed grief over the killings and offered condolences with the bereaved families.

PDP senior leader and former finance minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari has strongly condemned the killing of BJP leader and his brother in Kisthwar district yesterday.

Bukhari who is outside the country has termed the incident as most reprehensible and heinous act at the hands of unknown gunmen. Terming the killings of political activists as ‘ghastly and distressing’, Bukhari urged the Governor led administration to nab the culprits of these incidents and book them under law in a time bound manner.

“Irrespective of place and regardless of their political ideologies and affiliations, these killings are barbaric and most heinous crimes against the humanity,” he observed.

Meanwhile, Bukhari appealed the people of Jammu province especially the inhabitants of Kisthwar district to maintain communal harmony and pluralistic ethos of the state at this time of grief.

J&K Pradesh Congress Committee has strongly condemned the killing of Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit Parihar in a suspected militants attack at Kishtwar, yesterday.

In a Statement JKPCC Chief Spokesperson Ravinder Sharma has expressed deep shock and serious concern over the targeted killing of prominent leader of BJP and his brother and described it as most cowardly act. He said that it appears to be well planned design to disturb peace and harmony and terrorize the people of the area. Party demanded through probe to understand the design behind the killings and identification of culprits at the earliest.

Sharma on behalf of rank and file of the party has expressed deep sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) MLA from Kulgam M Y Tarigami condemned Friday the killing of senior BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district.

BJP state secretary Anil Parihar, 52, and his brother Ajeet, 55, were returning home from their shop Thursday night when they were fired upon from close range at a dark, narrow lane leading to their house, officials said, adding this was the first such political killing in Jammu region in recent years.

Tarigami said the incident was heinous and barbaric. “We demand that perpetrators should be identified and brought to book,” Tarigami said in a statement here.

He said the killings have sent shock waves in Chenab valley and everyone is pained and grieved.

“Our state has always been an abode of communal harmony, rich traditions of brotherhood, which stood test of times even during the difficult phase of turmoil in the state. The attack is an attempt to disrepute the plural ethos of the state,” he added.

CPI(M) appeals the people not to allow the divisive elements to take advantage of this sad situation and remain united to frustrate the designs of the extremist elements, Tarigami said.


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