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SRINAGAR: Pakistan-backed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is believed to have carried out the attack on J&K BJP Waseem Bari, who was killed along with his father and younger brother in Bandipora on Wednesday.

It has come to light that two terrorists belonging to the LeT had carried out the attack on Waseem Bari and his family members. According to sources, it was a “pre-planned” attack on the BJP’s Bandipora leader. 

Waseem Bari, the BJP state executive member and former Bandipora district president, was killed by terrorists around 8.45 pm outside his home-cum-office in Bandipora on Wednesday.

He was shot by a pistol from point-blank range in his head In the attack, his father and younger brother also got killed. 

IGP (Kashmir) said that there was a clear mistake of the BJP leader’s security guard. Bari was being protected by 10 PSOs and all the 10 personal security officers (PSOs) deployed for his protection have been suspended and will be dismissed from service and arrested as well. 

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, who visited the spot of assault alongside the DIG North Kashmir and SSP Bandipora, inspected the CCTV film at the Police Station Bandipora, which is a hundred yards from the killed BJP pioneer's home at Muslimabad Bandipora area. 

Vijay Kumar stated, "We have checked the CCTV film in nearness of Army and CRPF officials. Two fear based oppressors of Lashkar-e-Toiba have completed the assault. One is neighborhood who has been recognized as Abid and another is a Pakistani psychological militant. One discharged at the trio from a short proximity with a gun while the other one was managing him."

“The trio sustained head injuries and succumbed on their way to the hospital. We will track both the terrorists soon and eliminate them,” he added.

He said the attack was “pre-planned” as BJP leader had visited his nephew and had returned to his home along with all PSOs. “After entering his house, his PSOs had gone to their room and Bari went to his shop where his father and brother were also present,” he further said.

Many senior BJP leaders, including UT BJP president Ravinder Raina, General Secretary Ashok Koul and BJP J&K spokesman Altaf Thakur condoled the slain leader’s family. Ashok Koul said, “it’s a security lapse and security agencies should review the security of protected persons.”

Wasim Bari is survived by his wife and a 3-month-old kid and an ailing sister. His last rights were conducted at his home and they were later buried in a graveyard in Bandipora.
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