SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI: The BJP’s Bandipora district head Waseem Bari, his father and brother were shot dead in their north Kashmir house by terrorists late on Wednesday. This is being seen as the first major incident involving a senior political leader after Article 370 was nullified in 2019.
Waseem, (38), his father Sheikh Bashir Ahmad (62) and brother Umar Sheikh (30) were at their two-storeyed residence which houses a family-run restaurant barely 30 metres away from the police station — and 600 metres from the residences of the deputy commissioner and district police chief — when the incident happened.
“All three have firearm injuries in the head. There are injuries in other parts of the body as well. We have handed over the bodies to the police,” a senior Bandipora medical official told TOI.
The family had been provided security cover comprising eight personnel from the Jammu and Kashmir police’s armed battalion. However, none of the the cops attached with Bari were present when the killings took place around 8.30 PM.
Police sources said the eight cops are being placed under suspension with immediate effect and investigations are on to probe the reasons for their absence.
“We are trying to find why none of the eight cops were present. Further action is being discussed with the Bandipora Police,” said a top Jammu and Kashmir Police officer.
Bari was routinely involved in the BJP’s membership drive and had frequently been facilitating visits by Union ministers and top party leaders to the region.
Over the telephone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi enquired about the gruesome killing of Waseem Bari. He also extended condolences to the family of Waseem: Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)