Three BJP workers were shot dead by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Thursday. The police rushed them to a local hospital at Qazigund where doctors declared them dead on arrival.
“Militants shot three BJP workers, Fida Hussain, Umer Hajam and Umer Rashid Beigh, dead in YK Pora area of Kulgam district late on Thursday evening,” a police official was quoted as saying by PTI.
Reacting to the incident, former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Terrible news from Kulgam district of South Kashmir. I unequivocally condemn the targeted killing of the 3 BJP workers in a terror attack. May Allah grant them place in Jannat and, may their families find strength during this difficult time.”
Three BJP workers shot dead
The Resistance Front (TRF), a shadow group of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, has claimed responsibility for the killings of the three. The TRF, in a message in English and Hindi, on its social media account stated that “crematoriums would get overbooked”.
In August, militants shot dead a BJP sarpanch, Sajad Ahmad Khanday, at Vessu in Qazigund in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. A day before, militants shot and injured another BJP sarpanch Arif Ahmad at Qazigund’s Akhran village.
The same month, several BJP leaders in Jammu and Kashmir had resigned in panic after suspected militants shot at and critically injured a leader of the party in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
On July 8, militants had killed a senior BJP leader, Sheikh Waseem Bari, along with his father and brother. Both of them were BJP workers as well – in Bandipore.
Since June, militants have killed eight members of the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir.
Students join terror groups
According to an earlier report, many students have joined terror groups in Shopian district of South Kashmir. A school in Shopian has come under the scanner of investigating agencies after 13 of its students joined terror groups. The 13 students include Sajjad Bhat, an accused in the February 2019 suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama.
The school’s students mainly hail from Kulgam, Pulwama and Anantnag districts. The intelligence agencies consider these districts to be the hotbeds of militancy. And the schools are the breeding grounds for recruitment of locals into various terror groups, the officials said.