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Attack evokes condemnations from political parties

Srinagar: Suspected militants on Tuesday shot dead a BJP worker in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, officials said.

The assailants fired upon Javed Ahmad Dar near his residence at Brazloo Jageer area of the south Kashmir district at around 4.30 pm, they said.

Dar, who was the BJP’s constituency president of Homeshalibugh assembly constituency, died on the spot, they said.

Following the incident, security forces cordoned off the area and launched a hunt to nab the attackers, officials said.

Meanwhile, the attack evoked condemnations from various political parties.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Jammu and Kashmir spokesperson Altaf Thakur condemned the killing and called it a cowardly and barbaric act.

“The militants are feeling frustrated and targeting innocents. Killing unarmed people won’t lead to anything. It is cowardly and a barbaric act,” he said, appealing to police to nab the killers and punish them sternly.

National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah also denounced the killing.

“Terrible news from Kulgam. Javved Ahmed was gunned down in cold blood. I unreservedly condemn this terror attack and send my heartfelt condolences to Javved’s family and colleagues. May Allah grant him place in Jannat,” Abdullah wrote on Twitter.

The NC said such dastardly acts are a hindrance to peace in Kashmir.

“JKNC unequivocally condemns the assassination of BJP leader Javved Ahmad in Kulgam. This is an act of cowardice and such dastardly acts are a hindrance to peace in Kashmir. Our deepest condolences to bereaved family in this time of grief,” the NC said on Twitter.

Condemning the killing, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said there is no place for such acts of violence.

“Condemn the killing of BJP leader Javaid Dar and there is no place for such acts of violence. Sympathies and condolences to his family,” she said.

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference led by Sajad Gani Lone said it was a senseless and an unjustifiable act of violence.

“We condemn the killing of BJP worker Javaid Ahmad Dar in strongest terms and without reservation. This is a senseless and an unjustifiable act of violence. We express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family in this hour of grief,” the JKPC said in a tweet.

CPI(M) leader Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami also condemned the killing and said violence in any form is condemnable.

Terming the incident as unfortunate, he said there is no justification to kill any unarmed person.

Meanwhile, Apni Party Provincial President Kashmir, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, condemned the killing of a BJP worker in Brazloo-Kulgam.

In a statement issued here, Mir termed the incident as highly reprehensible and demanded an immediate investigation so that the perpetrators of this heinous act should be brought to justice.

“Apni Party strongly condemns this ghastly incident which resulted in the death of BJP worker Javid Ahmad Dar in cold blood. Such acts of violence will achieve nothing except for more miseries to the common people,” Mir observed.

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