The Jammu and Kashmir state BJP secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet, also a BJP leader, were shot dead by suspected militants in Kishtwar district, last evening. Sources said the brothers were returning from panchayat poll campaigning when they were shot.
“They were on their way to home after campaigning for the panchayat polls when they were intercepted by gunmen and shot dead,” they said, adding that the gunmen fired from very close range.
The incident happened in the Tapan Gali area of Kishtwar. According to a police oficer, both received multiple bullet injuries. While Anil died on the spot, Ajeet died while being shifted to hospital.
The police started a manhunt was on to nab the assailants, who escaped taking antage of the darkness.The police is yet to confirm if it was a terrorist attack. Following the incident, tension prevailed in the area and additional policemen were rushed to maintain law and order.
BJP supporters have pelted stones at the Kishtwar police station and ransacked the hospital, where the Parihars were taken. The authorities have imposed curfew in Kishtwar town and its adjoining areas.