Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Javeed Ahmad Dar, the former constituency President of Homshalibugh in Kulgam, was reportedly shot dead by terrorists near the Brazloo-jagir area earlier on August 17.
As per the latest, the aggressor fired upon Javeed Ahmad Dar near his apartment in Brazloo Jageer of the south Kashmir region at nearly 4.30 pm.
Security forces have cordoned off the area and a hunt has been launched to nab the militants, officials said.
Castigating the incident, Manzoor Ahmad, BJP Media cell head, Kashmir, averred: “The BJP condemns the killing of Javeed Ahmad Dar, Constituency President, Homshalibugh in Kulgam by terrorists. The killing of Javeed Dar by terrorists in Kulgam is a shameful and cowardly act. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family. I pray for courage to the family to bear the irreparable loss.”
The then Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also castigated the alleged killing of the BJP leader and added that: “Terrible news from Kulgam. Javeed Ahmed was gunned down in cold blood. I unreservedly condemn this terror attack and send my heartfelt condolences to Javeed’s family and colleagues. May Allah grant him a place in Jannat.”
Strikingly, at least 20 BJP workers have been killed since the arrival of the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019. Many BJP leaders in the Kashmir area have been designated under the ‘protected persons’ slot and are kept in safe houses and hotels with stringent protection.