J&K: Vice-president of Municipal Council, Watergam, kidnapped

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Srinagar: Mehrajudin Malla, vice-president of Municipal Council, Watergam, was kidnapped by some unknown people from a kilometre away from the small town in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday morning, locals said.

Some unknown people purportedly pushed Malla into a car and sped away, they added.

“A manhunt has been launched to trace the abducted person,” said a police official.

It’s not immediately known, whether Malla owed his allegiance to any political party or if he enjoyed security cover.

His abduction comes days after two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders resigned from the party.

Last week, BJP former district president, Bandipore, Waseem Bari, was killed, along with his father Basheer Ahmad and brother Suhail Basheer, inside his shop.

Jammu & Kashmir Police had said that two outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were involved in the killing of Bari and his kin.

Last Sunday, Union Minister Jitendra Singh and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav visited Bari’s place and met his next of kin.

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