A Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader and his personal security officer (PSO) were killed by militants at a government hospital in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar town. The militants allegedly snatched the policeman’s weapon and opened fire.
While the PSO died on the spot, the local RSS leader, identified as Chanderkant Sharma, succumbed to his injuries in the district hospital. A curfew has been imposed in the town and the Army has been deployed.
The RSS leader was a medical assistant at the hospital. He had been provided with a PSO following threat perception to him for his association with the RSS. Sources said that militants who were reportedly three in numbers opened fire when Chanderkant along with his PSO was coming out of the hospital’s OPD around 12.30 pm.
The shootout led to a panic in the hospital and taking advantage of the scuffle, militants fled taking along the AK-47 rifle of the deceased policeman. Police for searches have been launched to track down the militants who have taken along the service weapon of the deceased PSO.
The incident can be seen as the reaction to BJP’s election manifesto which says that article 370 and 35A will be under amendment if BJP remains in power.