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Some party workers quit following the attack

Srinagar, Aug 09: A BJP worker was shot at in Budgam district of central Kashmir early Sunday morning, the police said.

A police official said suspected militants fired upon Abdul Hamid Najar, a resident of Mohiendpora area of Budgam in central Kashmir, leaving him injured.  With bullet injuries in his abdomen, Najar was shifted to a hospital for treatment, the official added. The BJP worker was reportedly out on a morning walk when he was attacked.

This is the third attack on a BJP leader or worker in the last week.

Hours after a BJP member was shot, four workers of the party have reportedly resigned.

Sources said that four workers of the BJP from Budgam office forwarded their letters of resignation to SSP Budgam and BJP’s Budgam district president.

Budgam BJP president Aga Mohsin, according to a news agency said the letters of resignations of four BJP workers are circulating on WhatsApp. “I will talk to them regarding their resignation, let me have a word with them, as currently I am attending the injured BJP worker at SMHS hospital,” he said.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina Sunday said the increasing attacks on party workers in Kashmir Valley shows “Pakistan’s frustration”.

Raina also said his party would not be cowed down by such attacks and will intensify its activities to cover each home in the Valley.

The BJP leader was reacting to the latest attack on BJP worker Abdul Hamid Najar.

The attacks on BJP leaders in the UT intensified after militants killed a prominent BJP leader along with his father and brother, who were also members of the saffron party, in north Kashmir last month.

“Those involved in such attacks have neither escaped death in the past nor will they save their lives in future…We will not allow safe heavens to terrorists and will make Kashmir free of terrorism,” Raina said.

He said Pakistan cannot stop the “growing popularity of BJP in the valley by such cowardly acts”.

“Today the tricolour and BJP flag have reached every nook and corner in the valley, causing frustration to Pakistan which has started attacking the BJP activists through its terrorists. We will intensify our activities and will hoist the tricolour and party flag in every house,” the BJP leader said.

Describing the attack on Najar as an act of cowardice, Raina said militants are undertaking such attacks under frustration.

“The people in Jammu and Kashmir know that the terrorists and separatists have destroyed the region at the behest of Pakistan over the past 30 years by indulging in innocent killings,” he said.

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