Unidentified persons kidnapped a BJP worker in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday, days after a party leader and his two family members were shot dead in Bandipora.
Vice president of a local municipal committee in Wattergam area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district has been abducted by unknown persons, BJP leader and spokesperson Altaf Thakur told Outlook.
Thakur said Mehrajuddin Malla was walking on the road when the kidnappers bundled him in the vehicle and took him away.
“The kidnappers threw away his cell phone on the road,” Thakur said. He said Malla might be kidnapped by militants. “Why should someone kidnap him other than militants. We have confirmed it from a local unit of the BJP also and we have apprehensions that he is kidnapped by militants,” Thakur said.
Thakur told Outlook that Malla had no security cover.
Malla is son of senior BJP leader Ghulam Muhammad. Ghulam Muhammad had joined BJP in 2012 and since then his son Mehrajuddin was also part of the party.
Thakur said the police informed him that a manhunt has been launched to trace the BJP worker.
The kidnapping comes days after a BJP leader from Bandipora area, Waseem Bari, and his two family members were killed by the suspected militants outside their residence.
The killings have triggered panic and a sense of fear among the BJP leaders in Kashmir.
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