Wahid Bhat| SRINAGAR|
Gul Muhammad Mir, a local BJP worker, was on Saturday shot dead by suspected militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, the police have said.
Mir was the BJP’s district vice president. The party has alleged that his security was recently withdrawn by the state administration, currently run by Governor Satya Pal Malik.
Revealing details, police said three militants came to his house in Nowgam Verinag area and asked for the keys to his car. While driving the vehicle away, they pumped bullets into Mir, who was popular in the area as ”Atal”, they said.
A police official said Mir was rushed to a hospital in a critical condition where he died.
The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP, in a statement, expressed deepest condolences to Gul Mohammed Mir’s family and demanded strict action against “ill elements who are spoiling peace in valley and killing innocent people”.
The state BJP unit alleged said his security was recently withdrawn, and that the matter was taken up with them but no action was taken.
“Shot at BJP member Ghulam Ahmed Mir brought dead to district hospital Anantnag. Investigation set into motion,” Kashmir police zone tweeted. Another tweet by police said, “Unknown militant fired upon a member of the BJP namely #Gull Mohammed Mir# at Nowgam Verinag. Shifted to hospital in critical condition.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the killing of the senior BJP leader. Expressing condolences, Modi said, “there is no place for such violence in our country.”
“Ghulam Mohd Mir, office bearer of the BJP in South Kashmir has been shot & killed in Nowgam, Verinag. I condemn this dastardly act of violence & pray for the soul of the departed. May his soul rest in peace,” Abdullah tweeted.
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has also condemned the killing.
“I strongly condemn the killing of BJP leader Gul Muhammad Mir in Verinag, South Kashmir. My condolences to the bereaved family and prayers for the departed soul,” PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.
A J&K Police spokesperson said in a statement that a case has been registered. “Area has been taken into cordon and police is investigating the circumstances of this terror crime,” the statement said.
State BJP spokesperson Altaf Thakur said Gul was associated with the BJP for a long time. “We have lost a senior leader today. He had contested Assembly elections from Dooru constituency in 2008 and 2014,” he said.
According to Thakur, Gul was attacked at his home by militants. “His security was withdrawn by the authorities, currently he was without any security. We are holding security agencies responsible for the killing, because they withdrew his security despite writing to them,” he added.