Baramulla, July 15: After the killing of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Wasim Bari, his brother and father in Bandipora last week, suspected militants on Wednesday allegedly kidnapped a BJP leader from Watergam area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla.
The Kidnapped leader, identified as Mehraj-U-Din Malla is the Chairman of local BJP Committee in Baramulla and also the Vice President of Municipal Committee Watergam Baramulla,
According to the reports received by CNS about the incident, on Wednesday morning, some unknown persons came to Mehraj-U-Din Malla’s house in the wee hours and abducted him, without leaving a trace behind.
They did not leave any chance by the people around to resist their attempt to kidnap Malla, reports said.
Meanwhile police sources, while confirming the abduction of the BJP leader said that a massive manhunt has been launched to trace the kidnappers and to recover Mall from their custody.
The recent killing of Bari along with his kin and now the abduction of another BJP leader has sent shockwaves across the mainstream political circles, who are feeling unsafe and vulnerable to attacks by militants.
It is pertinent to mention that after the killing of Bari outside his home in Bandipora last week, a couple of BJP leaders have resigned from the party.
Marouf Bhat, president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Baramulla, tendered his resignation from the party on Saturday followed by BJP’s Vice President for Kupwara Asif Ahmad, who also resigned from the party on Tuesday.
Later in the day the daughter of abducted BJP leader issued an appeal to his abductors to release her father saying that he is their only support.
In a 32 second video message a young girl, wearing a white scarf and identifying herself as the daughter of the kidnapped BJP leader is seen appealing the kidnappers, ” If he is anywhere please let him go as he is our only support, I beg to you please return our father to us. We don’t know what has happened to him, whether he has been kidnapped or what, but please return our fidelity to us.” (CNS)