Terrorists enter BJP Bandipora chief’s house, shoot him, 2 kin dead

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Terrorists enter BJP Bandipora chief’s house, shoot him, 2 kin dead


SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI: The BJP’s

Bandipora district

head

Waseem Bari

, his father and brother were shot dead in their north Kashmir house by terrorists late on Wednesday. This is being seen as the first major incident involving a senior political leader after

Article 370

was nullified in 2019.

Waseem, (38), his father Sheikh Bashir Ahmad (62) and brother Umar Sheikh (30) were at their two-storeyed residence which houses a family-run restaurant barely 30 metres away from the police station — and 600 metres from the residences of the deputy commissioner and district police chief — when the incident happened.

“All three have firearm injuries in the head. There are injuries in other parts of the body as well. We have handed over the bodies to the police,” a senior Bandipora medical official told TOI.

The family had been provided security cover comprising eight personnel from the

Jammu and Kashmir

police’s armed battalion. However, none of the the cops attached with Bari were present when the killings took place around 8.30 PM.

Police sources said the eight cops are being placed under suspension with immediate effect and investigations are on to probe the reasons for their absence.

“We are trying to find why none of the eight cops were present. Further action is being discussed with the Bandipora Police,” said a top

Jammu

and Kashmir Police officer.

Bari was routinely involved in the BJP’s membership dri

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