J&K Governor : Kishtwar BJP leaders killed to disrupt panchayat polls, attackers identified

Jammu, Publish Date: Nov 5 2018

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday said the two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were killed in Kishtwar to disrupt the upcoming Panchayat polls, even as he claimed that the attackers have been identified.

Addressing a press conference after formally opening the move offices in winter capital Jammu, Malik said the two BJP leaders were killed by the militants.

During an investigation, he said, it was established that the militants killed the brothers to “derail panchayat elections, but we will not allow it to happen.”

BJP state secretary Anil Parihar and his elder brother Ajeet Parihar who was also affiliated with the saffron party were shot dead by gunmen near their residence in Kishtwar town on the evening of November 1.

Governor said that there were apprehensions of violence following the killings, but the situation was handled well by the administration and the people of both the communities.

“After the killings, we were afraid that some miscreants might use the situation to incite communal violence in Kishtwar as the area has seen lot of violence in the past. But the way both the communities handled the situation and condemned the killing is appreciable,” he said.

On threat posters surfacing in Doda, the Governor said: “These are isolated incidents. We have successfully conducted elections where these posters are coming on daily basis (referring to Kashmir).”

On the Supreme Court guidelines to take biometrics of the Rohingya, Malik said that the entire process will be completed in two months.