BJP workers took out a candlelight march at Srinagar’s iconic Lal Chowk on February 8 to protest against the killing of two civilians from Punjab’s Amritsar on February 7.
The two civilians were killed after suspected terrorists opened fire at the Shaheed Gunj area in Srinagar on February 7 evening. One of the victims, identified as Amritpal Singh, died at the spot while the other, identified as Rohit, was critically injured. However, the latter succumbed to his injuries on February 8.
#WATCH | J&K | BJP workers and locals held a candlelight vigil at Lal Chowk in Srinagar earlier today against the killing of two non-local civilians by terrorists yesterday. pic.twitter.com/50JzNxlvPJ
— ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2024
A BJP worker, who marched alongside fellow protesters, holding candles, told the media, “The terrorists can’t digest the return of peace and the restoration of normality in Jammu & Kashmir. They can’t take it that the locals here are thriving in the spirit of brotherhood. They are also struggling to come to terms with the fact that Jammu & Kashmir is receiving funds from the Centre.”
Earlier, Jammu & Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha condemned February 7’s terror attack in Srinagar. In a post on X, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha stated, “I am deeply shocked and saddened by the heinous terror attack in Srinagar on Amritpal and Rohit from Amritsar. I condemn in strongest terms this brutal act, which has snuffed out an innocent life. In this hour of grief, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.”
I am deeply shocked and saddened by the heinous terror attack in Srinagar on Amritpal & Rohit from Amritsar. I condemn in strongest terms this brutal act, which has snuffed out an innocent life. In this hour of grief, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
— Office of LG J&K (@OfficeOfLGJandK) February 7, 2024
Condemning the attack that claimed the lives of two non-natives, former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah, on February 8, said the incident served to demonstrate that the prevailing situation in the Union Territory isn’t what the administration claims it to be.
Speaking to the media on February 8, the National Conference leader said, “We deeply regret that two of our guests (non-residents) fell victim to this firing incident in Srinagar. One person died in the attack yesterday itself, while the other succumbed to his injuries at a hospital today.”
(with inputs from ANI)