BJP Panch killed by terrorists in south Kashmir

A panch from Srinagar outskirts, reportedly from Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), was kidnapped and killed by terrorists in south Kashmir, an audio message released by ultras said on Monday.

Official sources said that the family of the Panch, Nissar Ahmad Bhat of Khonmoh, has filed a report with the police, stating that he left for Shopian on August 19 and is missing since then.

Police sources said that Panch had been booked under PSA in 1995 and there is as many as 12 FIR registered against him.

This the second time terrorists have released an audio clip claiming to have killed a person after abduction in Kashmir.

A similar audio message had gone viral on the social media that a Rifleman of Territorial Army (TA) kidnapped by terrorists in Shopian on August 2 has been killed.

However, in both the messages terrorists said bodies of panch and rifleman Shakir Manzoor could not be handed over to their relatives due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The authenticity of the audio could not be confirmed while police have registered a case and initiated proceedings.