Kashmir Indepth

Security concerns of BJP leaders, workers taken up with police top brass: Ashok Koul

‘Majority of party leaders are protected, concerns of others to be addressed soon’

Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Srinagar, July 10 (KINS): Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) J&K General Secretary (organization) Ashok Koul Friday said that the party has seriously considered the requests of workers and leaders facing threats and the issue has already been taken up with the police.

“Majority of our party leaders and workers, who are vulnerable to threats and attacks by the militants have been provided security,” Koul told news agency Kashmir Indpeth News Service (KINS).

He however said, “We have already taken up the issue with the police top brass and a strategy is being worked out to cover those who have demanded security cover,”

Koul further said that BJP is a growing political party in Kashmir and people are joining it in large numbers including intellectuals and well-educated youth. “This has triggered frustration among militants and they have resorted to cowardly acts like the one witnessed at Bandipora recently,” Koul said, adding that such incidents won’t deter the resolve of youth and young minds to join the BJP.

He said “Kashmir was already reaping the benefits of roll back of Article 370 as protests at the encounter sites have faded away and stone pelting incidents had vanished completely”.

He said “Due to the successful anti-militancy operations in Kashmir, some militants were feeling frustrated and were carrying acts of frustration”. 

“Waseem Bari was a young and dynamic leader of BJP in Bandipora, who always worked for the upliftment of poor and needy. His killing is a jolt for us but at the same time we are committed to rope in youth and give them opportunity to serve the people of Kashmir,” he said.

Koul was the first among BJP leaders to reach Waseem’s residence in Bandipora. 

He along with other BJP leaders also shouldered the coffin of Waseem to the graveyard.

It is pertinent to mention that police have already dismissed all the ten PSOs guarding Waseem and all of them have been arrested.

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar recently said that Waseem was killed minutes after his PSOs went to their room to relax, which they shouldn’t have done.(KINS)

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