Apni Party member shot dead in J&K, 4th politician to be killed in 11 days | India News

SRINAGAR: Terrorists shot dead a senior Apni Party member outside his residence at Devsar in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Thursday, making him the fourth political functionary to be killed in J&K since last week after a husband-wife panchayat duo and a constituency in-charge of BJP.
The terror attack that claimed Ghulam Hassan Lone‘s life – and the three other political killings that preceded it – appeared to trigger at least one fear-induced resignation by a BJP constituency in-charge from Noorabad in the same district. Mubarak Ahmad Bhat quit both his post and primary BJP membership with a statement that had a familiar ring to it.
“I hereby resign from the party. I request people to forgive me, if my actions have hurt them in the past. I have small kids, I have no concern for or affiliation to any political party, especially BJP,” he said, echoing what several others from various parties had cited while resigning in the wake of a wave of similar political killings in the Valley last year.
BJP worker Javaid Dar, who was killed outside his house in Kulgam last Tuesday, was also a constituency in-charge. On August 9, two Lashkar terrorists had barged into a house in Anantnag and shot dead BJP sarpanch Ghulam Rasool Dar of Kulgam’s Redwani panchayat and his wife and colleague Jawahira Begum.
Four days later, terrorists hurled a grenade at the Rajouri house of BJP’s Jasbir Singh, leaving seven members of the family injured. A four-year-old nephew of the BJP functionary died later in hospital.
At least 43 members of various political parties have been killed in terror strikes in J&K since the nullification of Article 370 took away the erstwhile state’s special status.
J&K lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha took to Twitter to condole the Apni Party functionary’s death and promised that “the perpetrators of this heinous act will be brought to justice very soon”.
National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and People’s Conference chief Sajad Lone joined Apni Party president Syed Altaf Bukhari in condemning Ghulam Hassan’s killing. “…This renewed trend of targeting mainstream politicians by militant outfits is very worrying & I condemn the same in the strongest possible terms. May Allah grant the departed Jannat,” Omar tweeted.
Mehbooba said “there seems to be no end to the spree of political killings in Kashmir”.
In a statement on behalf of Apni Party, Bukhari said his slain colleague had paid with his life for “just trying to resolve the pressing issues of the people of his area”.
Sajad Lone tweeted that “such killings only create more widows and orphans”.

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