Former Bandipora Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Wasim Bari, his father, and brother were killed on Wednesday, 8 July, after terrorists opened fire at them, ANI reported, quoting J&K DGP Dilbag Singh.
“The family had a component of eight security people but unfortunately, none of them was kept along at the time of incident,” Singh was quoted by ANI as saying.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh tweeted saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi enquired about the killing over the phone and extended condolences to Wasim’s family.
The incident reportedly took place outside his shop at around 9 pm on Wednesday.
A medical officer was quoted by NDTV as saying that the three had bullet injuries in the head. “All three were rushed to the hospital where doctors declared them brought dead,” the officer said.
According to news agency PTI, seven policemen have been arrested for alleged negligence in protecting Bari, and his brother, and father.
‘Huge Loss for the Party’
Meanwhile, BJP President JP Nadda took to Twitter, saying the incident is a “huge loss for the party”. “I assure that their sacrifice will not go in vain,” he added.
Party leader Ram Madhav also took to Twitter to express shock and offered condolences to the family.
National Conference’s Omar Abdullah and the People’s Democratic Party also expressed condolences to the families after the incident.