Killing innocent party workers cannot stop people to join BJP: Koul

SRINAGAR: J&K BJP General Secretary (Organization), Ashok Koul today condemned the killing of party’s Sarpanch, Sajad Ahmad Khanday of Qazigund in south Kashmir and stated that militants are now frustrated with development.
Koul, who is on his two-day tour to Kashmir, visited the bereaved family in Qazigund and offered condolences. He was accompanied by BJP J&K Vice-president Sofi Yousuf, Party’s Kashmir Media In-charge Manzoor Bhat and other senior party functionaries
Paying tributes to Khanday, Koul said killing innocent party workers would not stop people to join the party. “Such acts are barbaric and highly condemnable. These things would not be tolerated anymore,” he said.
Koul said killings have pained the party leadership. “We stand by the family at this difficult situation. Those who are responsible would not achieve anything,” he added.
Koul also visited the place, where Panches and Sarpanches have been accommodated by the Police and assured them every help.
People have shown their full support and celebrated the abrogation of Article 370 by hoisting Tricolour at dozens of places in Kashmir. “It was the clear message to those, who opposed its abrogation and were trying to disturb the peace in the region,” Koul said.
He also reviewed the accommodation of Sarpanches, food and security, and other issues and stated that administration is mulling to safeguard the lives of people and public representatives.
The party workers on the occasion expressed deep sympathies with the family and urged that every possible help to the bereaved family.
J&K Vice President and senior leader, Sofi Yousuf also expressed grief and condemned the incident.
“Militants are frustrated with the developmental activities,” he said.