KILLING OF BJP LEADER, BROTHER IN KISHTWAR: Curfew imposed in Doda, Bhaderwah; Army stages flag marches

Curfew was extended to Bhadarwah and Doda towns of Chenab Valley on Friday following the killing of a senior BJP leader and his brother by unidentified gunmen in Kishtwar town a day earlier.
KILLING OF BJP LEADER, BROTHER IN KISHTWAR: Curfew imposed in Doda, Bhaderwah; Army stages flag marches
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Curfew was extended to Bhadarwah and Doda towns of Chenab Valley on Friday following the killing of a senior BJP leader and his brother by unidentified gunmen in Kishtwar town a day earlier.

BJP's state secretary Anil Parihar, 52, and his brother, Ajeet Parihar, 55, were killed Thursday night when they were returning home after closing their stationery shop located outside old DC office complex, according to officials.

Following the incident, curfew was imposed in Kishtwar town late last night "as a precautionary measure."

On Friday, additional district magistrate Bhaderwah Ravi Kumar Bharti imposed curfew in the town from 4.30 am. In Doda town, it was imposed at 11 am.

The board examinations of higher secondary part-1 scheduled on Friday were cancelled in at least five centers in Kishtwar town due to curfew, according to local residents.

However, in Bhaderwah, the examinations were conducted normally and the roll number slips of candidates were treated as curfew passes.

According to officials, the situation in Kishtwar town continues to be "tense but under control", even as the army staged a flag march at 9 am. The curfew is being strictly imposed with "shoot at sight" orders, they said.

After curfew was imposed in Bhaderwah, soldiers of army's Rashtriya Rifles staged a flag march in the town and its peripheral areas.

"As of now, the situation is completely under control with no untoward incident reported from anywhere. But as a precautionary measure, both mobile and broadband internet services have been suspended and the army also took out a flag march in the afternoon," ASP Bhaderwah Rajinder Singh said.

Meanwhile, at Thathri, members from both communities held a protest against the killing of the BJP leader and his elder brother and also observed a complete shutdown.

Union minister Jitendra Singh along with BJP's state president Ravinder Raina, MP Jugal Kishore Sharma, former deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta, and party leaders including Chander Prakash Ganga, Romesh Arora and Narinder Singh reached Kishtwar to join the cremation of the BJP leader and his brother, at Sarkoot cremation ground at around 3 pm.

In a show of solidarity, imam of Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Kitchloo Friday appealed to all Muslims to reach the cremation ground to join the last rites of the BJP leaders.

PTI ADDS FROM JAMMU

Two personal security officials of senior BJP leader, who was killed by Thursday, were detained in Kishtwar and a Special Investigation Team was constituted by the Jammu and Kashmir government Friday to probe the incident, officials said.

"The SIT has been constituted by the police to probe the killings. It is headed by an assistant superintendent of police Prabeet Singh," deputy commissioner Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana told PTI.

They will probe all the aspects of killing and find who are involved in it, he said.

The police have detained two personal security officials Om Prakash and Sahil Kumar who are being questioned, senior superintendent of police Kishtwar Rajinder Gupta said.

Anil Parihar had been given these two PSOs for his security, but at the time of the attack they were not accompanying the leader, he said.

Police swung into action and detained them from their houses and they are being interrogated, he said.

"We urge all the political leaders and protected persons to keep their PSOs with them and do not allow them to leave them unguarded," the DC said.

Authorities will be issuing an advisory asking protected persons in Jammu and Kashmir to not move anywhere without their PSOs.

PROTESTS IN JAMMU

In Jammu district, the leadership of BJP, its youth wing Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists Friday held series of protests at separate places against the killing of BJP leader and his brother in Kishtwar.

Party's senior leaders marched from Premnath Dogra Bhawan to Kacchi Chawni Chowk against the "brutal killings" and prayed for peace to the departed souls. Amidst anti-Pak sloganeering, the protestors also burned an effigy of Pakistan. The protest was led by BJYM state president Vikas Choudhary.

The activists of VHP and Bajrang Dal also staged a demonstration at Paloura, Janipur and demanded "stern action against Pakistan."     

VHP state president Leela Karan Sharma termed the killing of BJP leaders as "total failure of the administration" and "a conspiracy hatched by locals."

In Ramban and Batote areas, members of a particular community observed shutdown against the Kishtwar killings.

There was, however, no impact of the shutdown in the highway town of Banihal and other villages including Ramsu, Khari, Ukhral, Chanderkote, Gool and other areas.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, section 144 of CrPC was imposed in Ramban town where adequate deployment of the police and paramilitary forces was made to "maintain the law and order."

Superintendent of police Ramban Anita Sharma told Greater Kashmir: "The bandh in this town was peaceful as no untoward incident was reported from any part of the district during the day." 

PROTESTS IN RAJOURI, POONCH AREAS

Several protests were staged in Rajouri and Poonch areas Friday against the killing of BJP leader and his brother in Kishtwar Thursday.

Near the Workshop Bridge, BJP leaders including Kapil Saryal and Yogesh Sharma headed a protest and raised slogans against Pakistan. They condemned the killing of BJP leader and his brother and demanded stern action against those involved in the act.

Another protest rally was taken out from tehsil chowk in old town in which several leaders from BJP, Congress and Muslim organisations took part.

Another protest demonstration headed by Karan Thakur and Himanshu Bhargav was held at Jawahar Nagar by VHP and Bajrang Dal activists.

Meanwhile, in Sunderbani, a protest demonstration was held at main highway chowk wherein the protesters demanded stern action against people involved in the killing of BJP leader and his brother.

Another protest was held in Poonch Parade Park in which BJP's state general secretary Sunil Gupta along-with other civil society members took part and lodged a protest against the killings.

(Additional reporting by Sumit Bhargav/MM Parvaiz)

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