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Amid sobs, BJP leader laid to rest in Nowgam Verinag
Family, Party blame Police for slain killing
5/5/2019 11:25:27 PM
Saahil Suhail
Early Times Report
anantnag, May 5: Hundreds of people on Sunday attended the funeral of slain Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Gul Mohd Mir who was killed by suspected militants on Saturday late evening at his home in Nowgam-Verinag village of South Kashmir's Anantnag district.
Family members, relatives and neighbors of the family participated in funeral prayers of slain BJP Leader who was also the district vice-president of BJP in Anantnag district and had unsuccessfully contested 2014 assembly election from Dooru assembly segment of Anantnag. However, most of state BJP leaders and workers who had worked with him didn't turn up to attend the last rites of slain leader.
Zahoor Ahmad Mir, slain leader's son told Media that on late Saturday evening at around 9:30pm, gunmen bragged inside their residential house and killed his father.
"I blame SSP Anantnag, Altaf Ahmad Khan for this (killing of father). My father had two PSO's and they were withdrawn few months ago. We approached SSP Anantnag many times and requested him to provide protection but he didn't. He sought reports from CID and other agencies and even told us to get a letter from Party General Secretary Ashok Koul. CID and others submitted reports and we too produced letter of Ashok Koul but he ignored it and told us to approach Munir Khan (Munir Ahmad Khan ADGP Security)," Zahoor told Early Times.
Condeming the killing of BJP leader Gul Mohd Mir, BJP General Secretary (Org) Ashok Koul said that it was collective failure of state administration and government.
"Its failure of state administration and government. I myself talked to SP and SHO concerned thousands times and requested them to provide protection to him (slain BJP leader) but nothing happened," he said adding his killing is a great loss to party in Jammu and Kashmir.
Koul along with Anantnag district President Rafiq Ahmad Khan and others visited slain leader's family in Nowgam Verinag to express condolences on behalf of party leadership.
SSP Anantnag, Altaf Ahmad Khan on being contacted told Early Times that it wasn't his domain to provide security cover to slain political leader.
"Yes, he approached and I requested him to approach ADGP security as the matter falls in his domain," he said.
Khan said that the slain political leader had two PSO's including an SPO but both of them were withdrawn as per the government order.
Pertinent to mention here, in the month of April this year, the Home Ministry revealed that security cover of 919 previously protected persons in Jammu and Kashmir was withdrawn. 919 protected persons including slain BJP Leader Gul Mohd Mir were declared 'underserving'
Pleading anonymity, a CID official from Kashmir told Early Times that persons associated with mainstream political parties were facing immense threat from militant groups and they deserve proper security cover.
"The order to withdraw security cover of protected persons is a disaster and it has only put the life Mir like people at risk," he added.
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