Several political, social organizations and people from different walks of life condemned the killing of BJP state secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit Parihar in a suspected militants attack at Kishtwar on Thursday night.
In a statement Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief spokesperson, Ravinder Sharma has expressed deep shock and serious concern over the targeted killing of prominent leader of BJP and his brother and described it as most cowardly act. He said that it appears to be well planned design to disturb peace and harmony of the area. Party demanded through probe to understand the design behind the killings and identification of culprits at the earliest.
He said that the security agencies need to intensify the campaign to check the spread of militancy besides enhancing the security measures to the vulnerable sections of society.
Sharma on behalf of rank and file of the party has expressed deep sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
Condemning the killing, Jammu Province People Forum held a demonstration at Maharaja Harisingh statue Tawi Bridge in protest against the cowardice act with nefarious designs of antinational forces to destabilize the religious and social fabric in the otherwise peaceful atmosphere.
Addressing the protesters, president of the Forum Pavittar Singh Bhardwaj blamed the administration of security lapse in view of forehand inputs availability that militants from Shopian have made their entry into Kishtwar valley. Members of the JPPF conveyed their heartfelt condolence and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family in this hour of grief and prayed for the eternal peace to the departed souls.
Bhardwaj appealed the Governor to ensure security to the public by strengthening and improving security scenario in Kishtwar in view of the coming Panchyat Elections beginning from November 17. He appealed the public to maintain age old communal harmony, brotherhood and amity.
Jammu and Kashmir National Panther Party (JKNPP) president, Balwant Singh Mankotia in a condolence message condemned this cowardice attack and prayed for peace to departed souls as well as strength to the bereaved family to bear this untimely loss.
Mankotia appealed to the Governor and demanded high level probe in these killings.
In a statement Janta Dal (United) state president G M Shaheen strongly condemned these brutal killings and prayed the Almighty to grant peace to the departed souls. He expressed sympathies with family members to bear this irreparable loss.
In a condolence message, Shri Amarnath ji Yatra Welfare Society national general secretary, Raju Chandel expressed concern over the killing apprehending anti-social elements who wants to create divide between two communities in Jammu division. “The killing is highly condemnable and Governor should order a probe conducted by a central agency so that truth can come out and culprits be brought to book,” he added.
The incident has not only taken innocent lives but has caused serious threat to peace and communal harmony in the region, said Chandel.
He also appealed the people to maintain communal harmony and let the security agencies track down the killers and apprehended that it might be an attempt to create scare among the candidates who want to contest in scheduled Panchayat polls in Jammu region.
Terming killings of BJP state secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet Parihar as barbaric act, Team Jammu on Friday asked the administration to identify and capture the culprits as soon as possible to restore confidence of the people.