Massive protests rocked Jammu on Friday after the killings of senior BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district. The killings of Parihar brothers drew severe condemnation from all quarters. As the two were walking towards their home in Parihar mohalla through a dark lane in Tapal Mohalla on Thursday, they were fired upon from a close range by suspected militants around 8.40 pm. The assailants were apparently waiting for the brothers to return home. Following the incident, people had staged angry protests in the communally-sensitive town and manhandled senior police officials. Kishtwar district had witnessed communal clashes in the past. Terrorists had attempted to create communal tension in the region by targeting Hindu community, especially in the higher reaches. In 2001, the terrorists killed 17 Hindu nomads.
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1. BJP and Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers came out on roads in Kachichawani, Trikuta Nagar, Rehari and Bohri areas and blocked traffic for brief periods.
2. Protesters also set ablaze tyres and raised anti-Pakistan slogans demanding elimination of the terrorists involved in the killings.
3. Protests were reported from regions including Jammu, Reasi, Udhampur, Ramban, Kathua, Bhaderwah, Samba, Bhaderwah, Udhampur, Reasi, Katra, Chenani, Samba, Kathua, Akhnoor, R S Pura and Basholi areas. There was a shutdown in old Jammu city and various other places in the region.
4. According to police, there was no untoward incident reported from anywhere. Earlier in the day, the Indian Army staged a flag march in Kishtwar town of the state where suspected militants killed BJP secretary Anil Parihar, 52, and his brother Ajeet Parihar, 55.
5. Police have detained two personal security officials (PSOs) -- Om Prakash and Sahil Kumar -- who are being questioned. Anil Parihar had been given these two PSOs for his security, but at the time of the attack they were not accompanying the leader.
6. If the PSOs would have been with him, tragedy could have been averted, police said. Meanwhile, authorities urged all the political leaders and protected persons to keep their PSOs with them and do not allow them leave them unguarded.
7. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted by the Jammu and Kashmir government to probe the incident. It is headed by Assistant Superintendent of Police Prabeet Singh. They will probe all the aspects of killing and find who are involved in it.
8. The Army staged a flag march in Kishtwar town of Jammu and Kashmir earlier today, where suspected militants killed Bharatiya Janata Party Secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet Parihar.
9. District Magistrate Angrez Singh Rana said that a curfew imposed in the area on Thursday night was still in place and additional security personnel had been deployed.
10. An order for imposition of the curfew was issued by Kishtwar District Magistrate A S Rana late on Thursday night.