RSS leader Chandrakant Sharma, who was attacked in Kishtwar on Tuesday morning, has died. This was informed by BJP spokesperson Sunil Sethi.
Medical Assistant Chandrakant Sharma, who was working at Kishtwar district hospital, was injured in an attack by terrorists in which his PSO was shot dead.
Following the attack, curfew was clamped in the Kishtwar town. Security forces have launched a search operation for those involved in the terror incident.
Deputy Commissioner of Kishtwar, Angrez Singh Rana, confirmed the incident and said that army has been called out to prevent violence.
This is the first election-related terror attack during the ongoing elections for the Lok Sabha in Jammu and Kashmir. Polling for the Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency, of which Kishtwar is a segment, is scheduled to be held on 18 April during the second of the 5-phase election in J&K. Minister of state in the PMO, Dr Jitendera Singh, is seeking re-election as BJP candidate.
Reports said that armed terrorists attacked Sharma inside the hospital where he was working as a medical assistant. However, the Personal Security Officer (PSO) took the bullets on himself and died on the spot.
The incident has come a few months after two RSS and BJP leaders, Anil Parihar and Ajit Parihar (both brothers), were gunned down by terrorists in Kishtwar town.
These incidents indicate that terrorists were regrouping in the Kishtwar area that was in the pre-2004 era a hotbed of militancy.