STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: BJP leader and Sarpanch Sajad Ahmad Khanday was shot dead by terrorists near his home in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Thursday, police said. The terrorists, who appeared to have studied the area closely, fired at him from close range at Vessu in Qazigund area, 60 km from here, police officials said.Khanday was immediately rushed to a hospital in nearby Anantnag district where he was declared brought dead, they said.The incident comes less than 48 hours after a BJP-affiliated panchayat member, Arif Ahmad Khan, was shot at in Kulgam district. He is recovering from his injuries in hospital.Earlier, the terrorists had attacked BJP Sarpanch from Akhran in the same district. Sarpanch Arif Ahmad was critically injured in the attack.Last month, former BJP district president Waseem Bari, his father and brother were killed inside their shop after terrorists fired on them from close range. Bari had a 10-member police security and all of them were suspended and arrested because they were not with him when he was attacked.In June, Congress sarpanch Ajay Kumar Pandita was killed outside his house at Lokbhawan in Anantnag district.
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