Ahead of Panchayat elections in the valley, Hizbul Mujahideen posters have surfaced in the adjoining Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, warning people to stay away from the polls. Addressing the same, Governor SP Malik said:
"Terrorists were frustrated to see polling go smoothly. Morale of the security forces is high, they will not the terrorists disturb panchayat elections".
Written in Urdu under the letterhead of the banned terror outfit, the posters appeared in Dhandal and Gurmal areas of Kashtigarh on Saturday. Police immediately took action and removed the posters. Meanwhile, the Panchayat elections are being held in the state, beginning November 17.
Here's the poster:
Meanwhile, the Panchayat elections are being held in the state in nine phases, beginning November 17.
This comes three days after the killing of Jammu and Kashmir state secretary of the BJP Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit Parihar. They were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the state's Kishtwar district on Thursday. As per reports, they were shot from point-blank range with pistols.
J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina termed it as 'cowardly act' and said:
"This is a cowardly act. Anil Parihar fought the terrorists bravely. He always upheld the Indian flag even during the most turbulent times in the state. There was intelligence that 8-10 Pakistani terrorists had infiltrated. We approached higher authorities, but sometimes, we can falter in assessing intelligence reports. This attack could have been avoided".
Mobile Internet services suspended in Kishtwar district of Jammu division.