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BJP workers seek police protection in Kashmir after killing of party leader by militants

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Following the killing of BJP leader Javed Ahmad Dar by militants in the Kulgam district of south Kashmir, the party has said that it is the responsibility of the police to protect party workers across Kashmir valley. The party also said that it had requested the police to provide security and accommodation to Dar and others after two BJP leaders from Kulgam were assassinated by the militants earlier this month.

J&K spokesperson Altaf Thakur said, “We had sought security and accommodation for the BJP leaders in the district.  Javed Ahmad Dar’s name was figuring at the serial number five in the list we provided to the deputy commissioner Kulgam on August 10. Despite it, he was neither provided security nor the accommodation.”

Thakur claimed that Abid Hussain Khan, the Kulgam district president of the saffron party, had on August 10 given a list of the 26 BJP leaders to the SSP and the DC of the district conveying to him that they require security and accommodation. “When the police say they had no information about Javed Ahmad Dar, they are simply lying,” the party spokesperson added.

Killing of Dar

On August 17, Monday, Dar, an in-charge for Homshali Bugh constituency of Kulgam district and contractor by profession, was killed outside his home from the point-blank range. He died on the spot and the militants managed to flee. The BJP says he was in charge of the constituency for the past three years. The police said no one from the BJP had approached the district police for his security and even the local BJP leaders didn’t share his name in the list of the protected persons.

23 BJP leaders killed in 2 years

Thakur has claimed that at least 23 BJP workers have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir in the past two years in militant attacks. The local party leaders are of the view that the BJP is growing in the region and that is why the militants are attacking party leaders.

 

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