The incident occurred when the two men were returning home in the region’s Tapan Gali area.
BJP state secretary Anil Parihar
The incident occurred when the two men were returning home in the region’s Tapan Gali area after closing their stationery shop and they were fired at from close range. Reports said curfew had been imposed in Kishtwar after the incident led to communal tensions in the area.
Anil had contested the 2008 assembly elections on the ticket of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party from Kishtwar constituency.
BJP state president Ravinder Raina said the two were shot by terrorists at around 8pm and were taken to hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. He added that the incident showed the failure of agencies and security forces.
Party leader Jitendra Singh took to Twitter to say: “Deeply shocked by the killing of a dear Party colleague and BJP J&K State Secretary Anil Parihar and his brother. No words to express the grief. Rushing to Kishtwar at the earliest… that is the only thought on mind.”