RSS leader, PSO shot dead in Kishtwar

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Omar, Mehbooba, Khanna, others condemn attack on RSS leader, PSO in Kishtwar

GROUNDREPORT| SRINAGAR

Suspected militants burst into a health centre on Tuesday in Kishtwar and killed an RSS leader and his personal security officer.

According to reports Officials had imposed curfew and suspended Internet connectivity in the region following the murders of Chanderkant Sharma and Rajinder Kumar.

The army has been called in to maintain law and order.

The incident took place at the Kishtwar district hospital when suspected militants reportedly started firing indiscriminately at the RSS leader.

Chandrakant Sharma works as a medical assistant at the Kishtwar district hospital. He is also associated with the RSS – a right-wing organisation happens to be the ideological mentor of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

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Meanwhile Various political and social leaders have strongly condemned the militant attack on RSS leader and his Personnel Security Officer (PSO) at Kishtwar.

Those who strongly condemned the attack on RSS leader and his PSO included former Chief Ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.

“Unequivocally condemn the brutal murder of Chandrakant & his personal security officer in Kishtwar today, there can be no place for targeting political operatives like this”. “I hope the residents of the area will cooperate with the administration and maintain calm”, Abdullah said in a tweet.

While condemning the killings, Mehbooba Mufti called for a probe into the incident.

“Condemn this act of terror, seems like part of a bigger plan to incite communal tension. She urged Governor, Satya Pal Malik to initiate a probe and appealed to the people of Kishtwar to maintain peace and harmony,” she tweeted.

BJP National vice president and Prabhari J&K Avinash Rai Khanna has also strongly condemned the Kishtwar killings in which the RSS activist Chanderkant Sharma and his PSO attained martyrdom. Khanna in a handout while condemning the barbaric act of terrorists said Chanderkant was a nationalist who has been raising his voice against the anti national elements in erstwhile Doda district and worked to strengthen the patriotic forces besides inducing a sense of security among minorities,. In his martyrdom the State has lost a torch bearer of patriotism and his loss is irreparable, he added.

Senior Congress leader and party candidate from Kathua -Udhampur and Doda constituency, Vikramaditya Singh has also strongly condemned the terrorist attack on RSS leader in which he and his PSO attained martyrdom. In a statement issued here, today Vikramadity has expressed his deep shock and serious concern over the targeted killing of prominent RSS leader and his PSO and described it a most cowardice act which was aimed at disturbing peace and harmony in the area. He demanded that the perpetrators should be identified and brought to book.

BJP State President, Ravinder Raina while strongly condemning the attack termed it a cowardice act of terrorists who were afraid of social work of RSS leader.

National Panthers Party (NPP) supremo, Prof Bhim Singh held the security officials of J&K responsible for attack on RSS activist and his PSO who attained martyrdom at Kishtwar today. He alleged that the administration has reduced the security cover of the protected persons in the State on the pretext of election drama.

Provincial president, National Conference, Devender Sing Rana also strongly condemned the killing of an RSS activist and his PSO in Kishtwar today and demanded immediate and time bound investigation in the incident to unveil the culprits. “This is a heinous crime, which is highly deplorable’ Rana said in a statement issued here while expressing sympathies with the bereaved families and praying for peace of departed souls.

JKPCC Spokesperson while expressing grief over the killing of Chanderkant and his PSO strongly condemned the innocent killings, describing it as mindless, cowardice and inhuman.

The Spokesperson demanded probe into the killings, urging upon the Govt to ascertain the identity of the killers for severe punishment.

JKPCC also conveyed deepest condolences to bereaved families and sympathized with them.

Last November, suspected militants had killed the BJP’s state secretary, Anil Parihar, and his elder brother Ajit Parihar in the same town. The killings had led to law and order problems in the district. Sharma was a close associate of Parihar.