JAMMU: RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma and his personal security officer were killed when a terrorist opened fire at a health centre in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar town.
The PSO died on the spot and Sharma succumbed to his injuries at the Jammu Medical College Hospital. While police initially claimed that Sharma was shot by the gunman who had snatched his security officer’s rifle, this was later contradicted by a senior police officer.
After the attack, the terrorist fled the scene with the security officer’s weapon, the officer clarified. The authorities have suspended Internet services and imposed a curfew in the region. The army has been called in to maintain law and order, officials said.
This is the second terrorist attack to occur in Kishtwar town over the last six months. BJP state secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit were shot dead by terrorists while returning from their shop in November. The attack comes days before the general elections.