Tension spikes in held Kashmir after politician’s killing

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SRINAGAR: Authorities imposed a curfew and deployed extra troops on Friday in a remote district of India-held Kashmir after armed men killed a local leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and his brother.

The men shot dead Anil Parihar, the BJP state secretary for occupied Kashmir, and his brother Ajit from close range on Thursday night as they walked home after closing the family bookshop in Kishtwar, police said.

Police are investigating whether it was a militant attack or a criminal act, a senior police officer said.

Parihar was an influential leader in the region. He was considered a moderate and had a sizeable support base, even among Muslims, media reported.

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