Wasim Bari, father and brother killed by militants in Bandipore

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir BJP leader Sheikh Wasim, his father and brother were killed by militants late Wednesday night in Bandipore district in J&K.

J&K Police said Mr Wasim and his family were attacked at around 9 PM while sitting outside a shop near the local police station.  All three suffered injuries in the attack and were rushed to Bandipore district hospital, where they were pronounced dead. In a late-night telephone conversation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought details and extended his condolences to Mr Wasim’s family, Union Minister Jitendra Singh tweeted.

BJP leader Wasim Bari

“Over the telephone, PM Narendra Modi enquired about the gruesome killing of Wasim Bari. He also extended condolences to the family of Wasim,” Mr Singh said.

During indiscriminate firing Wasim Bari, his father Bashir Ahmad and brother Umer Bashir got injured and shifted to hospital, but all three succumbed to their injuries,” J&K Police tweeted.J&K Police DGP Dilbag Singh was quoted by news agency ANI as saying the family had an eight-member security attachment but “unfortunately, none of them was kept at the time of the incident”. Personal security officers (PSOs) detailed to guard Mr Wasim and his family will be arrested for dereliction of duty, officials said.

Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, saying he condemned the attack and offered his condolences to grieving family members at this time.

“Sorry to hear about the murderous terror attack on the BJP functionaries & their father in Bandipore earlier this evening. I condemn the attack. My condolences to their families in this time of grief,” Mr Abdullah said.

On Thursday, all three bodies were laid to rest. A large number of people attended the funeral.