NC legislator blames BJP, RSS for killing two workers

NC legislator blames BJP, RSS for killing two workers

CRPF personnel check vehicles and motorcycles using sniffer dogs, ahead of polling for first phase of elections for urban local bodies in Kashmir, in Srinagar on Saturday. PTI

National Conference (NC) legislator Shameema Firdous on Saturday blamed the BJP and the RSS for killing two of her workers in Srinagar on Friday.

She claimed that the killings were a well planned conspiracy to discourage the party from participating in the Assembly elections.

“I have no hesitation to say that the BJP and the RSS killed my workers. I have no doubt about it,” Firdous said while addressing a press conference, here.

“No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for these killings. Government and the Governor (Satya Pal Malik) are equally responsible for the killing of my workers,” she said.

“Where was the police? Where were security checkpoints created? What happened to the assurances of Governor of free, fair and secure polls?” she said.

Distancing herself from the ongoing election process, she said, “We had no connection with election process but the BJP had. A BJP leader admitted that his party has fielded candidates as independents. They are doing everything to win these polls.”

“BJP leaders divided Kashmiri pundits, brought postal ballots to Kashmir. Congress too is in the fray. There is much more in the killing of my workers than meets the eye,” she said while breaking down at the presser.

NC workers Nazir Wani and Mushtaq Wani were killed while another worker Shakeel Zangoo was injured, when unidentified gunmen fired indiscriminately on them in Karfalli Mohalla area of old city in Srinagar on Friday.

Sources said that Nazir, a former militant who has served seven-years in imprisonment, was a close confidant of Firdous.

“He was the main campaigner for her in the 2014 polls and was her personal assistant for the past eight years. Firdous has fielded proxy candidates for the upcoming civic polls despite NC’s boycott call and the slain workers were killed by unidentified militants for secretly campaigning,” they said.

The killings have added to the tensions in Kashmir ahead of the civic polls which have been boycotted by the NC, People’s Democratic Party and other smaller parties. The urban local body elections are set to start in Jammu and Kashmir from October 8.