ANANTNAG (J&K): Unidentified assailants shot dead a local leader of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party here on Saturday night. The assailants opened fire on Gul Mohammad Mir, who belonged to a local unit of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), at his house in south Kashmir.
No one claimed responsibility for the murder, but police have labelled it a “terror crime”. They said that a polling station to be used in Monday’s vote was set ablaze in nearby Shopian.
Modi condemned Mir’s killing in a Twitter post on Sunday, saying “There is no place for such violence in our country.”
Police said the 60-year-old sustained serious bullet injuries in the chest and abdomen and was rushed to a local hospital where the doctors on duty declared him ‘brought dead’. National Conference leader and former chief minister of the state, Omar Abdullah also condemned the killing. “Ghulam Mohd Mir, office bearer of the BJP in South Kashmir has been shot and killed in Nowgam, Verinag. I condemn this dastardly act of violence and pray for the soul of the departed, Allah Jannat naseeb karey,” he said in a tweet. Mir had unsuccessfully contested the assembly polls from Doru in 2008 and 2014. (ANI)
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and many other political leaders on Sunday condemned the killing of BJP leader Gul Mohammad Mir.