PSO Of Slain BJP Sarpanch, His Wife Suspended

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday suspended the personal security officer (PSO) of BJP Sarpanch and his wife who were killed in a militant attack in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

A police spokesman in a statement said that today at about 1600hrs Anantnag Police received information about crime incident at Lalchowk area of district Anantnag where militants had fired upon BJP Sarpanch and his wife, a Panch. IGP Kashmir, DIG SKR and SSP Anantnag reached at the crime spot.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that militants barged inside the rented accommodation of BJP Sarpanch Ghulam Rasool Dar son of Ghulam Hassan Dar resident of Redwani Kulgam at Lalchowk, Anantnag and fired indiscriminately from pistol,” said the spokesman, adding that “in this crime incident BJP Sarpanch and his wife Jawhara Begum received critical gunshot injuries, who were immediately shifted to hospital, where both were declared brought dead.”

“Although the deceased was provided a secured accommodation at Snow cap hotel Kulgam and both stayed there for a short period but they had been continuously insisting to stay at their house at Anantnag Town and also submitted an undertaking in this regard. On their request they were allowed to stay at said house in Anantnag. He was also provided with one PSO who however was found absent from duty at the time of incident. The said PSO has been placed under suspension,” said the spokesman.

“Police has registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law. IGP Kashmir said that two bike-borne militants of LeT outfit were involved in this incident,” he said.

“Investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this crime. The area has been cordoned and searches in the area is going on,” he added.

“The duo were fired at by militants at their rented accommodation at Lal Chowk Anantnag. Both of them received critical injuries in the attack and were removed to GMC Anantnag where they were declared dead on arrival,” said a police spokesman in a statement.

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