Jammu and Kashmir: Army Called In After Terrorists Kill BJP Leader, Brother

Jammu and Kashmir: Army Called In After Terrorists Kill BJP Leader, Brother

New Delhi: This morning, heavily armed soldiers started patrolling the streets of Jammu and Kashmir's of curfew-hit Kishtwar, after a BJP leader and his brother were shot dead by terrorists last night. Anil Parihar, the state secretary of BJP and his brother Ajit were returning from their shop at 8 pm when they fell to bullets fired from close range, the police said.

This marked a third such incident in which political leaders were attacked. Last one month in the state, after the murder of two National Conference workers and a PDP leader in Srinagar.

"We are trying to find out the identity of the killers," senior police officer Dilbagh Singh told NDTV.

Angrez Singh Rana, the district magistrate said that he called in the army to ensure law and order was maintained in the town that falls under Jammu region that has seen clashes in the past. In 2001, 17 people were killed in Kishtwar by terrorists in an attack that the intelligence agencies had said was an attempt to ignite violence in the region.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other leaders condemned the killing. After the killings last night, a group of people had surrounded some policemen in protest. Senior police officer Rajinder Gupta said they have formed teams to search for the killers.