Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar additionally appealed to protected individuals to not journey with out police safety within the Valley
Srinagar: Terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was behind the killing of three BJP leaders in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar stated and appealed to the protected individuals within the valley to not transfer round with out their safety.
Three BJP staff — Fida Hussain, Umer Hajam and Umer Rashid Beigh — have been shot lifeless by militants 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.
IGP (Kashmir) Kumar stated police have seized a car used within the assault and that such killings have been being executed on the behest of Pakistan.
“Three militants 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 instructed reporters.
Kumar stated after the assault, the militants fled in the identical automotive in direction of Achbal space, from the place the automotive was seized this morning. A crew of forensic science laboratory (FSL) has gone to Achbal to examine the automotive, 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 in addition claims to be from TRF — are cropping up. The involvement of those two is there, however there could also be a FT (international terrorist) concerned as nicely (within the assault), he 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 determination to revoke the particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August final yr.
“We had made a list of 1,619 vulnerable persons before 5 August (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 it all. Recently, mediapersons also received threats through ‘Kashmir Fight’, an online medium which is run in Pakistan, or the TRF website. They claimed the attack yesterday on ‘Kashmir Fight’ as well. This is Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and this proves that these killings take place 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 businesses for his or her motion and to not transfer round in weak areas particularly with out their safety.
“We have provided PSOs and security to 157 BJP workers, and nearly 30 have been provided with guards and we will provide more security to those who have severe threat perception. We sensitise them, tell them the do’s and don’ts. The PSOs of the protected persons tell them not to venture out in the night and not to move in vulnerable areas. I also appeal to the protected persons not to go to difficult areas in the night without the gunmen and follow the SOP,” he stated.
In the wake of the assault, the IGP stated, the safety forces have launched combing operations in seven to eight locations in south Kashmir.
“We are very a lot hopeful to neutralise this group quickly, he added.
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