BJP Leader, His Father & Brother Shot Dead in Bandipora

Sheikh Wasim Bari - File Pic

Bandipora: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Bandipora leader, Sheikh Wasim Bari, his father and brother were on Wednesday shot dead by the unidentified gunmen outside their residence in Muslimabad area of the district.

Police said that Bari, his father Bashir Ahmed and brother Umar Bari were shot at by the suspected militants outside their residence in Bandipora.

Bari was a protected person and ten security personnel were on his guard duty. However at the time of the incident none of the security guards were present, reports said.

The residence of Bari’s is located just opposite of Bandipora Police Station. Hospital sources also confirmed that all the three were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Police in a statement later said that Bari was a protected person and there were ten security personnel on guard duty for the family but “unfortunately none of them were present at the time of the incident.”

“At the time of attack, the cops were sitting in the first floor of the building that houses the Bari family’s residence and the shop,” police said.

As per the locals, only two members of the family are now left, which slain Bari’s wife and sister.

Police said area has been cordoned off by the security forces for searches.

Meanwhile MoS in the PMO, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a tweet said that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has extended condolences to the bereaved family.

"Over the telephone, PM @narendramodi enquired about the gruesome killing of Wasim Bari. He also extended condolences to the family of Wasim," Singh tweeted.

10 PSO’s of Slain BJP Leader Arrested

Late on Wednesday night police detained all the ten PSOs associated with the former district president of BJP.

“All the ten PSOs have been arrested,” Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone Vijay Kumar said. They have been detained for questioning, sources said.

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