Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, Anil Parihar (52) and his brother Ajeet (55) were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Jammu's Kishtwar district on Thursday. The shootout took place at Tapal Mohalla. It was not confirmed whether terrorists carried out the killings.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed shock and pain over the killings, saying the police will leave no stone unturned to bring perpetrators of the crime to justice.
Shocked & pained by the killing of J&K State BJP leader Sh. Anil Parihar & his brother. My heart goes out to the bereaved family. Spoke to Advisor to J&K Governor, Sh Vijay Kumar regarding the incident. The police will leave no stone unturned to bring the perpetrators to justice.— राजनाथ सिंह (@rajnathsingh) November 1, 2018
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah expressed grief over Parihar's death.
Very sad news. My condolences to Anil & Ajit Parihar’s family & colleagues. May their souls rest in peace. https://t.co/r6PkFnnvKv— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) November 1, 2018
Immediately after the attack, people started assembling outside the residence of Parihar and refused entry of senior police officers, who were even manhandled. The mourners refused to hand over the body to police and did not allow them to gather evidence from the Parihar Mohalla where the two brothers were shot dead.
Kishtwar district magistrate A S Rana made a request to call out the Army in the town and its adjoining areas to control the internal security situation arisen due to "assassination of Anil Parihar and Ajeet Praihar by some militants".
Kishtwar is communally sensitive and the district had witnessed communal clashes in the past as well. The recent one was in August 2013. Militants have in the past attempted to create communal tension in the region by targeting Hindu community, especially in higher reaches. In 2001, the terrorists killed 17 Hindu nomads.