BJP worker critically injured in terrorist attack in J&K’s Budgam

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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): A Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) worker was left critically injured after suspected terrorists fired at him at Ompora area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district, officials said.

They said that militants fired at Abdul Hamid Najar, a resident of Mehendipora, Ompora in Budgam. “Najar was out on a morning walk and when he reached near a Railway track, he was fired at by militants,” a police official said.

“Locals of the area after spotting him, shifted him to SMHS hospital, Srinagar where his condition is stated as critical,” he said.

BJP J&K spokesman Altaf Thakur said that Najar is an active worker of BJP in Budgam district and condemned the attack.

Today’s attack comes just three days after militants shot dead BJP Sarpanch Sajad Ahmed Khanday at Vessu area of Qazigund in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district. Earlier on August 5, terrorists had fired at BJP sarpanch Arif Ahmed, leaving him seriously injured. Arif is battling for life at SKIMS, Soura.

Back to back attacks on BJP workers and sarpanchs has forced many BJP men in South Kashmir to announce their resignation from the party. Sources told NVI that at least 25 BJP workers including a few sarpanchs have tendered resignations through video messages out of fear of getting killed.

Pertinently, on July 8, BJP suffered a big jolt as militants killed the party’s young face in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, Waseem Bari, his father and younger brother at their residence. Top BJP leaders including party General Secretary Ram Madhav, J&K affairs incharge Avinash Rai Khanna and MoS PMO Dr Jitendera Singh had visited the Bandipora residence of slain leader to offer their condolences.