A senior leader of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and his father and brother were shot dead Wednesday by suspected militants in north Kashmir’s Bandipora area, reports the Print.
The three men suffered multiple bullet wounds to the head, said the news website quoting government officials.
The Print quoted police sources as saying that BJP leader Wasim Bari, 38, his brother Umer Bashir, 30, and father Bashir Ahmed, 60, were killed outside a shop owned by the family. Umer and Bashir were also believed to share Bari’s BJP affiliation.
The attack coincides with the fourth death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani, which was marked by a commemorative shutdown in parts of Kashmir.
Police said they had launched a massive cordon-and-search operation at and around the site of the crime.
Bandipora chief medical officer Bashir Ahmed Khan said the trio was brought dead to the district hospital around 8.45 pm.
‘Almost all the firearm injuries are in the head area,’ he added in a video released to the media.
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