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‘May their souls rest in peace’: PM Modi condemns killing of 3 BJP workers in J&K

Three BJP members, including the district general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), were killed by suspected militants in Kulgam district on Thursday evening.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condemned the killing of three BJP workers in Jammu and Kashmir, and said they were bright youngsters doing excellent work there.

The three BJP workers were shot dead by militants in Kulgam district, police said.

“I condemn the killing of 3 of our young Karyakartas. They were bright youngsters doing excellent work in J&K,” Modi said in a tweet.

“My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls rest in peace,” he tweeted.

The Resistance Front (TRF), believed to be a shadow group of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, has claimed responsibility for the killings.

“Today, at about 2020 hours, Kulgam police received information about a terror crime incident at Y K Pora, where terrorists had fired upon three BJP workers,” police said in an official statement. “Preliminary investigations revealed that terrorists fired upon three BJP workers at Eidgah Y K Pora, due to which they got injured. They were shifted to nearby hospital… where they were declared as brought dead,” the statement said.

Police said a case has been registered. A joint team of J&K Police, Army and paramilitary forces have cordoned off the area and started search operations.

The trio was rushed to a local hospital at Qazigund where doctors declared them dead on arrival.