Srinagar: Three Bharatiya Janata Party functionaries, including a local youth wing leader, were shot dead by terrorists in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district late on Thursday evening. They were travelling in a car when terrorists fired at them in YK Pora area.
“Today at about 2020 hours, Kulgam Police received information about a terror crime incident at village YK Pora, where terrorists had fired upon three BJP workers. Senior police officers reached at the crime spot,” the police said in a statement.
A Jammu and Kashmir police statement identified the three as Fida Hussain Yatoo, Umer Rashid Beigh and Umer Ramzan Hajam.
“They were shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment where they were declared as brought dead,” the police said.
Terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was behind the killing of three BJP leaders in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, inspector general of police Vijay Kumar said.
The Resistance Front (TRF), which is believed to be a shadow group of LeT, claimed responsibility for the killings.
PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter and paid tributes to the three party workers and said, “I condemn the killing of 3 of our young Karyakartas. They were bright youngsters doing excellent work in J&K. My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls rest in peace.”
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah condemned the attack. He 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 & may their families find strength during this difficult time.”