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J&K police identifies militants who murdered 3 BJP workers


The Jammu and Kashmir police have identified the militants responsible for the killing of three BJP workers on Thursday evening. The deceased include a district youth leader of the BJP.

Inspector-general of Police (IGP) Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar, on Friday said the operations were on to track them. He said among the three attackers, two militants were locals and one might be a foreigner.

At the same time, he said that the BJP workers, who have been provided protection, should not move to the difficult areas at night and they should follow the standard operation procedure (SOP).

Militants from LeT, TRF

Speaking to the media, Kumar said on Thursday at around 8 pm, militants from the Lashkar-E-Taiba (LeT) and The Resistant Front (TRF) came in a vehicle and resorted to indiscriminate firing at BJP youth leader Fida Hussain and his two colleagues.

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The IGP said the militants after the attack fled away. He said the police have seized the vehicle which militants used in the attack, near Achabal area of Anantnag. He said three militants have been identified as Nisar Ahmed Khanday, Abbas Shiekh and the third may be a foreigner.

He said police had provided protection to slain BJP youth leader Fida Hussain and he was lodged at Hotel Dolphin at Pahalgam. He said, however, Fida had given an undertaking that he can roam around without security. He said the police are investigating what he was doing in the Kulgam area.

He told that at least 1,690 leaders and workers have been provided protection and are lodged in various hotels. As many as 157 workers were provided security cover on the basis of threat perception. “We urge them not to venture out without their security guards and follow SOP,” he said.

The BJP workers were buried in their local graveyards. Several people participated in their last rites.


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