Congress, BJP condemn killing of NC workers in Kashmir

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Srinagar: The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday condemned the killing of two National Conference (NC) workers by terrorists in Srinagar.

“We strongly condemn the terrorist attack on political workers and killing of two workers of NC in Srinagar,” Spokesperson of Jammu and Kashmir BJP, Priya Sethi said. 

Expressing her condolences, she said her heart goes out to the bereaved families. 

The Congress too condemned the killings and described the incident as “shocking” and “highly painful”. 

The party also blamed the Central government for “miserably failing” to ensure congenial atmosphere in the valley which has lead to an “extremely volatile” situation. 

The loss of lives cannot be replaced by anything, the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) spokesperson said in a statement conveying “deepest condolences” to the aggrieved families. 

Both State and the Centre cannot escape the responsibility of the killings in the valley, the spokesperson said, adding that effective measures must be taken to ensure safety of political activists and common people as well.

Militants on Friday opened fire at three NC workers, killing two of them and injuring an office bearer, police said.

The gunmen fired at the trio in Karfali Mohalla area of the city, three days ahead of polling for first phase of elections for urban local bodies in the state, they added.

The injured were rushed to nearby SMHS Hospital but two of them succumbed to their injuries, the official said.