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BJP sarpanch held with pistol during raid on his Kulgam home

A sarpanch affiliated with Bharatiya Janata Party was arrested while a pistol was recovered from his possession at his home in Qaimoh area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Wednesday afternoon.

Official sources said that acting on specific inputs, the armed forces personnel carried out searches at his home.

During the search, the Sarpanch was arrested and a pistol recovered from him was also seized.

The Sarpanch has been identified as Aqib Shafi, son of Mohammad Safi Baddar from Kawaki Bazar, Qaimoh.

The arrest comes days after suspected militants shot dead BJP leader Javaid Ahmad Dar in the district.

Shortly after Dar’s killing on Tuesday, police had said they were not approached for his security.

“The JKP statement is baseless and is based on malice designed,” BJP’s Kulgam president Abid Hussain Khan said in a statement.1h

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