BJP leader shot dead at home in south Kashmir’s Verinag

BJP leader shot dead at home in south Kashmir’s Verinag

Anantnag: A senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was shot at and killed by suspected militants at his residence in Verinag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday night.
The slain 60-year-old has been identified as Gul Muhammad Mir alias Attal Gul Mir of Nowgam village in Verinag. Affiliated with the BJP for more than a decade, he was currently the party’s Anantnag district vice-president. He had unsuccessfully contested 2008 and 2014 legislative Assembly elections from Dooru segment on a BJP ticket.
According to police, militants entered into Mir’s house at Nowgam village at around 9:30pm and fired multiple bullets at him, leaving him in a pool of blood.
“He was taken to hospital but succumbed on the way,” a senior police official told Kashmir Reader. A case has been registered and investigation has been taken up, he added.
The BJP leader was rushed to Anantnag district hospital in main town where doctors declared him brought dead. “Four bullets were fired into his chest. He was dead on arrival,” confirmed a doctor at the hospital.
Following the shootout a heavy contingent of forces rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. Searches were carried out to try and nab the attackers who had managed to flee by then in dark.
The state BJP spokesperson Altaf Thakur while condemning the killing said that Mir’s security was withdrawn a month-and-a-half ago.
He described Mir a committed ‘solider of BJP who always kept his head high’.