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Amid police Vs BJP, rebel group says they killed Rakesh Pandita as he was involved in ‘drug trafficking, immoral activities’

Amid a blame game between the BJP and Kashmir police over the killing of a right-wing Hindutva worker in Tral, resistance group People’s Fascist Front on Friday claimed the responsibility for Wednesday’s attack in which a woman was also injured.

In a statement issued on social networking app, the People’s Fascist Front said Rakesh Pandita, was a Hindutva extremist, who was not only responsible ‘for creating a network of informers but was also involved in drug trafficking’.

Pandita, the municipal chairman of Tral, was killed by unidentified militants in the Tral area of Pulwama district late on Wednesday evening. He was visiting a friend, Mushtaq Ahmad when three militants opened fire at them. Ahmad’s daughter was also injured in the incident.

The People’s Fascist Front said ‘if the Hindutva thugs believe that their evil design can take roots in Kashmir then it is a delusion of great magnitude’.

Pandita, who was provided secure accommodation in Srinagar, had gone to visit a friend in Tral leaving them behind.

Police on Thursday said the protected persons in Kashmir should not move around without the personal security guards allotted to them. “No #protectee should go anywhere without PSOs. Visits are allowed only after ground assessment of local #threat is done,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar said in a tweet.

But the BJP pinned the blame on the police. Jammu and Kashmir unit of Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said the killing of its worker in Tral was a security lapse and questioned how militants were roaming freely in the area.

“It is a security lapse. We’re not security agencies aware that three unidentified militants were roaming in the area? Is not this a security lapse? We agree with the fact that our leader had not taken PSOs along with him,” BJP general secretary, Ashok Koul, told reporters at the Srinagar party office.

Koul, the topmost BJP leader in Kashmir, however, said the government should admit lapses on its part.

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