2 BJP Workers In Police Remand For Faking Attack

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Two Security Guards Also In Soup, Suspended

Srinagar: A court in Kupwara on Monday remanded two BJP workers and two PSOs to seven days police remand as probe into the firing incident at Gulgam Kupwara on Friday last has unraveled a failed attempt by men from saffron party to get their security enhanced as well as attract “more focus” from the party leadership.

So far police have arrested four persons including Ishfaq Ahmad Mir who was said to have suffered arm injury in the incident. His father Mohammad Shafi is the BJP’s district president in Kupwara and the party has already placed him under suspension after the gaffe. Police had initially said that Ishfaq was injured in a misfire from his PSOs near Gulgam on July 16 night.

“In a Bollywood-style conspiracy, they tried to pass the incident as a militant attack to get the security enhanced as well as get the added attraction from the party,” a police officer, privy to the investigation told a local news agency GNS. In fact, the officer said, the injury was “stage-managed”.

Besides Ishfaq, the police have arrested Basharat Ahmad Mir, the BJP’s spokesman for the Kupwara in connection with the “conspiracy”.

Besides them, police have arrested two PSOs— Riyaz Ahmed Khan of Awoora Kupwara and Mohammad Irfan of Haihama Kupwara in the FIR (no 251/2021, under section 307 IPC, 7/27A Act at police station Kupwara. All the arrested persons were produced before the Sub Judge Kupwara who remanded them to seven days police custody, officials said. Both the PSOs have been suspended.

In a related development, the BJP has placed under suspension District President Kupwara Mohammad Shafi.

“The incident which took place in Kupwara on the night of 16 July in which Ishfaq Ahmad Mir son of Mohammad Shafi (District President Kupwara) was involved. Some reports received from different sources made us think about the credibility of our workers,” Priya Sethi (UT state Office Prabhari), said in a letter to G M Mir, Spokesperson.

The copy of the letter has been sent to Mohammad Shafi Mir besides Ravinder Raina (State President BJP J&K), Ashok Koul (State General Secretary (Org), BJP J&K.

The party has nominated G M Mir, the spokesperson, to examine facts of the incident and report to the party by July 25. Till Than Shafi has been suspended and Anwar Khan ‘District Prabhari’ has been asked to look into affairs of district Kupwara.

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