J&K BJP Sarpanch Shot Dead by Terrorists; Second Attack in 2 Days

The incident comes a day after J&K marked one year of the revocation of its special status under Article 370.

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A Jammu and Kashmir sarpanch was shot dead by terrorists outside his residence near Kulgam on Thursday, 6 August.

The sarpanch, identified as Sajad Ahmed Khandey, belonged to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and was shot from a close range, reported IANS. He was reportedly the district vice-president for the party in Kulgam.

He was shifted to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, reports said.

The incident comes a day after Jammu and Kashmir marked one year of the revocation of its special status under Article 370, and its bifurcation into two Union territories.

Past Attacks

Two days back, on 4 August, another sarpanch in Kulgam was critically injured in a militant attack. According to the police, militants had barged into Sarpanch Arif Ahmad's house in Akhran village of Kulgam on Tuesday and opened fire from close range. Ahmad, too, is reportedly a member of the BJP.

In early July, former Bandipora BJP president Wasim Bari, his father and other brother were killed after terrorists opened fire at them.

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