Attack on 3 BJP workers in Kulgam was ‘pre-planned’, LeT behind it: IG Kashmir Vijay Kumar

Attack on 3 BJP workers in Kulgam was ‘pre-planned’, LeT behind it: IG Kashmir Vijay Kumar

Srinagar: Pakistan-backed terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is behind the killing of three native BJP employees in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar stated on Friday.

The IGP Kashmir additionally warned the protected individuals within the Valley to not transfer round with out their safety. 

It could also be famous that three BJP employees – Fida Hussain, Umer Hajam and Umer Rashid Beigh — have been shot lifeless by terrorists within the YK Pora space of Kulgam district in south Kashmir late on Thursday night.

The Resistance Front (TRF), which is believed to be a shadow group of LeT, claimed duty for the killings. Addressing a press briefing, IGP (Kashmir) Kumar stated police have seized a automobile used within the assault and that such killings have been being executed on the behest of Pakistan.

“Three terrorists came in a local car belonging to a local militant identified as Altaf. Fida (Hussain) was with his two colleagues in a car and the militants fired indiscriminately on them from close range. They received grave injuries and succumbed on the way to the hospital,” the IGP advised reporters.

Kumar stated after the assault, the attackers fled in the identical automobile in the direction of Achbal space, from the place the automobile was seized this morning. A staff of forensic science laboratory (FSL) has gone to Achbal to examine the automobile, he added. The IGP stated LeT was behind the killings.

“The names of LeT militants – an area militant from Dooru, Nisar Khanday; and Abbas from Khudwani who was beforehand related to HM (Hizbul Mujahideen) and is now with LeT and likewise claims to be from TRF – are cropping up. 

The involvement of those two is there, however there could also be a FT (overseas terrorist) concerned as effectively (within the assault), the IG stated. The IGP asserted the safety forces will neutralise them quickly. Kumar stated Hussain was one of many 1,619 weak individuals who have been lodged in safe areas earlier than the Centre’s choice to revoke the particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 final yr.

“We had made a list of 1,619 vulnerable persons before August 5 (last year) and we had kept them in different hotels in secure areas. We had kept Fida (Hussain) in a hotel in Pahalgam where he stayed for three weeks. Recently, he gave an undertaking and left the hotel. We are investigating what they were doing in a car in an area far away from home,” he stated.

Asked whether or not the assault was pre-planned, the IGP stated it was doable. “It seems so to us as well because what were they doing away from home, waiting for someone or not, then militants came, attacked them and then ran away to Achbal. There is a chance that it was a pre-planned attack and we are investigating it and will soon solve it,” he stated.

On a query as as to whether the assaults on BJP activists — situations of which have elevated over the previous couple of months — have been carried out on the native degree by the militants or did the ultras get orders from Pakistan, the IGP stated this was a part of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

“You know all of it. Recently, mediapersons additionally obtained threats by ‘Kashmir Fight’, a web-based medium which is run in Pakistan, or the TRF web site. They claimed the assault yesterday on ‘Kashmir Fight’ as effectively. This is Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and this proves that these killings happen on the orders from Pakistan,” he stated.

As a countermeasure to such assaults, Kumar appealed to the protected individuals to comply with the usual working procedures (SOP) laid down by the safety companies for his or her motion and to not transfer round in weak areas particularly with out their safety.

In the wake of the assault, the IGP stated, the safety forces have launched combing operations in seven to eight locations in south Kashmir. 

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