November 2018 News

BJP Leader's Killing: Curfew In Kishtwar, Protests In Jammu, Internet Snapped

3 November 2018
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: With police and other security agencies still struggling to identify the assailants who killed a senior BJP leader and his elder brother in Kishtwar the previous night, this far off hilly town of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday wears a deserted look with army and police moving in strength strictly enforcing the curfew. Reports said that police have detained two of its own men for questioning, who were posted as personal security officers (PSOs) with the BJP leader, in view of his being on the hit list of militants. The PSOs were not accompanying him when gunmen attacked the deceased brothers. The curfew remained imposed in Kishtwar town. Meanwhile protests sparked in this winter capital of the state on killing of BJP leaders, internet service remained snapped for second consecutive day as precautionary measure. Army was also called in to hold flag march in Bhaderwah tehsil of Doda district where protests erupted against killings. Many political, non-political and social organizations here this morning staged demonstration against the killing of BJP state secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit Parihar in Tapal Mohalla area on Thursday night from point blank range by some unidentified gunmen. 'Curfew remains in force in Kishtwar town and no incidents of any protest or violence reported so far,' a senior police official said. He said that the cremation of the deceased persons will take place in late afternoon. Union MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh, who is Member Parliament from Udhampur-Kathua-Doda Parliamentary Constituency also dashed to Kishtwar. Army also held flag march in Bhaderwah tehsil where protests broke out in view of political killings. In Jammu, youth of Doda-Kishtwar staged protest and blocked road near Rehari Chowk amid slogans. They demanded arrest of the killers. However, activists of Bajrang Dal, BJYM, Rashtriya Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, VHP also demonstrated at different places in Jammu. The internet services remain suspended as precautionary measure in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts. Alert has also been sounded in Jammu after killing of BJP leader and his brother while the security cover has been enhanced. The killings have invited criticism while condemnations poured in from various corners as it was termed unfortunate, a coward act. The district magistrate of Kishtwar had requested the Army in the town and its adjoining areas to control the internal security situation that arose due to the killings. He took the decision as he apprehended that violence might erupt and result in law and order problem, endangering the life and property of citizens of Kishtwar town. Kishtwar district had witnessed communal clashes in the past. The killings of Parihar brothers drew severe condemnation from all quarters. The senior BJP leader and his brother were killed when were returning home after closing their stationary shop located outside old DC office complex, officials said. As two were walking towards their home in Parihar mohalla through a dark lane in Tapal Mohalla, they were fired upon from a close range by gunmen around 8.40 pm, they said. The assailants were apparently waiting for the brothers to return home, they said. The people rushed to the spot after hearing gunshots and rushed them to the district hospital in Kishtwar where they were declared brought dead, they added. As the news spread locals rushed to hospital and the brothers' house, where they held protests against the alleged failure of the administration and the police. Angry people manhandled policemen, including the SSP, after arguing with them. They also clashed with the police and forced them to leave the hospital. The angry mob raised anti-Pakistan slogans demanding arrest of those involved in the killings. The protestors later also took to streets and held a protest near the Kishtwar Police Station. Anil Parihar was active in politics for over 25 years and had unsuccessfully contested the 2008 Assembly elections on a Jammu and Kashmir National Panther Party (JKNPP) ticket. Ajeet Parihar was an employee of the State Forest Corporation (SFC).