SRINAGAR: Police on Friday seized a vehicle which it claimed was used by the militants to carry out last night’s fatal attack on three BJP workers including the saffron party’s youth general secretary for Kulgam district of south Kashmir.
Talking to reporters, Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said it seems the attack was pre-planned by three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants.
“Involvement of local militants like Nissar Ahmad Khanday, Abass Sheikh of Khudwani is coming to fore and also there is the possibility of involvement of a (foreign militant),” news agency GNS quoting the top police officer as having said.
“The militants came in an alto car belonging to Altaf, a local, and came close to the vehicle of (BJP youth general secretary) and fired indiscriminately. They were injured and succumbed to wounds on the way,” he said.
Three BJP workers Fida Hussain Yatoo (BJP District Youth General secretary) son of Ghulam Ahmad Yatoo of Y.K.Pora, Umer Rashid Beigh (BJP worker) son of Abdul Rasheed Beigh resident of Sophat Devsar and Umer Ramzan Hajam (BJP worker) son of Mohammad Ramzan of Y.K.Pora were killed in the attack at Eidgah Y.K.Pora at around 2020 hours on Thursday.
“The alto car has been seized near Telwani village near police post-Achabal,” he said.
To a question as to what the BJP workers were doing there, the IGP said: “1619 vulnerable people were identified before August 5 and were kept in secure places in Pahalgam.”
However, Yatoo left the secure place after giving an undertaking, he said. “We are investigating as to what they were doing at such a far place from their residence. It is part of the investigation and we will share later,” he said.
He said 157 BJP workers have been provided PSOs and 30 guards. “Vulnerable would be provided more security. PSOs have been asked not to allow them to move during the night in vulnerable places,” he said.
He also responded in affirmative to a question by the journalist who sought to know if the attack was preplanned. “In all probability, it seems to be a preplanned attack.”
He said that it is Pakistan sponsored militancy and attack was carried at the behest of the handlers from across the border. The police officer also revealed that search operations have been launched at seven to eight places to nab the attackers. “Very soon we will neutralize them,” he added.