PM Modi, Governor, Omar, Mehbooba, others condemn BJP leader's killing

Prime Minister NarendraModi on Sunday strongly condemned the killing of BJP leader in Anantnag, saying the violence has no place in country.

“Strongly condemn the killing of BJP leader Shri Ghulam Mohammed Mir. His contribution towards strengthening the party in J&K will always be remembered. There is no place for such violence in our country. Condolences to his family and well-wishers,” PM Modi tweeted.

Militants shot at BJP’s district vice-president Gul Mohammed Mir in his house in Anantnag district on Saturday night. Mir was rushed to a hospital in a critical condition where he succumbed to injuries.

Governor, Satya Pal Malik has condemned Mir’s killing.

Expressing grief over the tragic loss of life, the governor in a condolence message prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family in its hour of grief.

The governor has conveyed that immediately after the opening of Governor’s Secretariat in Srinagar, he will call a high level meeting to review the safety and security aspects of all political leaders and Sarpanchs in the state, a statement said.

The governor spoke to his advisor K Vijay Kumar, and directed him to ensure early arrest of those responsible for the killing and spare no one whosoever tries to create fear and panic among the people.

Former Chief Minister of J&K and NC Vice-President Omar Abdullah also condemned the killing.

In a tweet, Omar Abdullah said, “Gul (sic) Mohd Mir, office bearer of the BJP in South Kashmir has been shot and killed in Nowgam, Verinag. I condemn this dastardly act of violence and pray for the soul of the departed, Allah Jannatnaseebkarey.”

Former CM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti also tweeted in support of the family of the slain BJP leader. “I strongly condemn the killing of BJP leader Gul (sic) Muhammad Mir in Verinag, South Kashmir. My condolences to the bereaved family and prayers for the departed soul,” Mehbooba Mufti said.

BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) State General Secretary (org) Ashok Koul along with MLC SurinderAmbardar, MLC Ramesh Arora state spokesperson Altaf Thakur & Kashmir Media InchargeManzoorBhat on Sunday visited the family of slain Mir and extended their sympathies to the bereaved family. Leaders while expressing his sympathy to the family assured them full support.

Spending nearly an hour with family, Kaul and senior leaders along with workers assured his family that “justice will meet soon; his killers cannot hide long.”

The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G. A. Mir has strongly condemned the killing of the BJP Anantnag Vice President and described the incident as mindless, cowardice and shameful act.

Mir also expressed solidarity with bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace to departed soul.

Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad YousufTarigami Sunday condemned the killing of the BJP leader saying violence has no place in a civilized society.

“There is no justification to kill anybody and violence has no place in any civilized society. We condemn this killing in strongest words and express deep sympathy with the bereaved family,” Tarigami said here.

The former MLA from Kulgam assembly segment of south Kashmir said the security of the slain BJP activist, like hundreds of other political activists, “was withdrawn due to which he became a soft target for the assailants”.

 “Political process in violence-hit Kashmir is itself a difficult task and the activists cutting across political lines are risking their lives and doing their bit to strengthen peace. However, instead of protecting them, the security cover of hundreds of political activists was withdrawn by the authorities recently,” he said.

The CPI(M) leader said, “the administration should encourage and protect them and not withdraw their security.”