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Abdullahs shocked, Mehbooba grieved; deceased not involved in polls: NC

Srinagar, Oct 5:Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday condemned the killing of its two party functionaries Mushtaq Ahmad Wani and Nazir Ahmad Bhat in the Habba Kadal locality of Srinagar.

The party in a statement clarified that the assassinated NC workers had no involvement in the ongoing ULB polls.

“All reports attributing to them as candidates in the ongoing ULB polls are false and are being circulated with a malicious intent,” the party spokesperson said.

Party president Farooq Abdullah denounced the act as “heinous and despicable”.

Expressing his grief over the incident he said, “People who have committed this dastardly act have no humanity. I empathize with the bereaved families and hope they overcome this trauma that has shattered their lives forever.” The NC President prayed for peace to the departed souls.

Farooq, expressing anguish, said that the party had already decided not to participate in the ongoing ULB and Panchayat polls and that such attack on NC workers must be thoroughly probed.

“We demand high level, time bound, impartial probe into the incident. The guilty must not be spared,” he said.

Party vice president Omar Abdullah, while condemning the killing, said, “I am shocked beyond words; it is an act of terrorism and a ploy to stifle our voice.”

Omar said that the appalling security situation has gone out of the hands of governor’s administration.

“The incumbent administration had already removed security from some of our functionaries, all this needs to be unearthed and brought before people. There seems to be some sort of a design into the killings of our party men today and its upto the investigating agencies to identify the killers and bring them to justice. The killings are taking place in broad day light and that too in an urban heart. We expect that the governor moves its men and machinery to ensure justice is done swiftly.”

“Situation is becoming appalling day by day and that the administration is vacillating and perplexed about the situation,” he said.

Praying for the speedy recovery of Shakeel Ahmad Zangoo, another party functionary who got injured in the attack, Omar said, “I pray for his early and complete recovery.”

He also visited Police Control Room Srinagar where the bodies of Mushtaq Ahmad Wani and Nazir Ahmad Bhat were kept and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families there.

Omar, earlier in the day when the incident happened, had taken to social networking site Twitter and tweeted: “I cannot condemn strongly enough the murderous terrorist attack against three of my party workers. Nazir Ahmed Bhat (working in the office of MLA Shamima Firdous) & Mushtaq Ahmed Wani have been killed. Allah Jannatnaseebkarey.”

“Shakeel Ahmad Zangoo has been injured & is in hospital. I pray for his complete & speedy recovery. May the families of Nazir, Mushtaq & Shakeel find strength in this  most difficult time,” Omar wrote on Twitter.

Omar thanks PDP president Mehbooba Mehbooba over her words on the killing of two NC workers said that  “Thank you for your kind words at this difficult [email protected] I’m sure your message of support will give the family some strength at this difficult time.”

Mehbooba too expressed anguish over the killing of two National Conference party workers.

“Pained to hear about the killing of two NC workers. My heart goes out to their families &children . Cannot possibly imagine what they must be going through . (sic),”  Mehbooba tweeted.