In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, police authorities have said that attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members in Kupwara district was a drama to get the attention of the party leadership.
The police probe into the firing incident at Gulgam in Kupwara last Friday has unraveled a failed attempt by BJP men to get enhanced security as well as increased attention of the party leadership.
So far police have arrested two persons including Ishfaq Ahmad Mir who was said to have suffered an arm injury in the incident.
His father Mohammad Shafi is the BJP’s district president for Kupwara and the party has already placed him under suspension.
“In a Bollywood-style conspiracy, they tried to pass off the incident as a militant attack to get their security enhanced as well as to get an added attraction from the party,” a police officer privy to the investigation said.
In fact, the officer said, the injury was ‘stage-managed’.
Besides Ishfaq, the police have arrested Basharat Ahmad, the BJP’s spokesman for the Kupwara, in connection with the conspiracy.
A senior police officer confirmed the arrest of Ishfaq Ahmad and Basharat Ahmad. In a related development, the BJP has placed Mohammad Shafi, the Kupwara district president, under suspension.—KMS