A day after two of her party workers was killed here in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference (NC) MLA Shamima Firdous on Saturday, October 6 blamed the BJP-RSS and the governor's administration for the killings.
"I have no hesitation in saying that the BJP-RSS killed my workers. I have no doubt about it," she told reporters here.
The Habbakadal MLA also blamed the Governor Satya Pal Malik-led administration for the killings, which she claimed were the result of a well-planned conspiracy to deter the NC and the people of the state from participating in the Assembly polls.
"Where was the police? Where were the security checkpoints? What happened to the assurances of the governor of free, fair and secure polls?," she asked.
Firdous said NC workers had always helped the poor and needy and would go to the houses of the people to inquire about their well being.
"No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for these killings. The government and the governor are equally responsible for the killings of my workers," she said while breaking into tears.
Firdous said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was going all out to ensure victory in the local bodies' polls, which her party had boycotted over the issue of Article 35A.
"We have no connection with the election process, but the BJP has. A BJP leader has admitted that his party has fielded candidates as independents. They are doing everything to win these polls," she added.
The NC leader asked the governor to order a probe into the killings of her party workers and ensure that the killers were unmasked.
"There is much more to the killings of my workers than meets the eye," she said.
Earlier, two workers of the National Conference were shot dead and another was injured after being attacked by militants in the Habba Kadal area of downtown Srinagar. Sources said two bike bore militants attacked 3 workers of National conference in the interiors of Karfali Mohalla.
Reports suggest one of them took out weapon, reportedly (AK 47), and fired at them. Eyewitnesses said, “All 3 were rushed to SMHS hospital for treatment where two of them succumbed,”.
The victims were identified as Mushtaq Wani and Nazir Ahmad while the injured as Shakeel Zangoo. Workers of NC were targeted by the militants when NC along with PDP already have announced not to contest the polls till the Centre and the state administration clarify their position on Article 35-A, which gives special rights to the people in the state and bars outsiders from owing immovable property.