In wake of increase in crimes against BJP leaders in the Valley, Meraj-ud-Din Malla, a BJP leader has been abducted on Wednesday, July 15 in Jammu and Kashmir. 

Malla who is the Vice-President of Watergam Municipal Committee in Baramulla district was kidnapped at Marazigund in Rafiabad area of the district while he was on his way to Sopore town.

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According to initial reports, after the abduction was reported this morning, a massive manhunt has been launched to trace Malla. He was kidnapped and whisked away in a Santro car while he was walking on a road to meet his friend.

JK Police takes cognisance, launches search operations

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar has confirmed deploying several rescue teams. Reportedly, Malla had come to Sopore without informing Police.  Police have taken cognisance of the matter and launched operations to rescue the BJP worker.

Notably, a few days back, terrorists put up posters in many areas of Kashmir warning people against joining BJP.


'I beg you, please return our father to us': BJP leader's daughter appeals

In a 32-second video, the daughter of the abducted BJP leader, Malla, appealed to the those who kidnapped her father to release him. 

In the video, a young girl in a white scarf is heard saying, "We don't know what has happened to him, whether he has been kidnapped or what, but please return our fidelity to us. If he is anywhere please let him go as he is our only support, I beg to you please return our father to us. "

The incident comes just days after terrorists killed BJP leader Wasim Bari, his father and brother in Bandipora district. 

This is not the first attack on a BJP leader in the valley, a week ago Waseem Bari was killed by tow Lashkar terrorists. According to sources, the former BJP president of Bandipora district was at his shop with his father and brother when LeT terrorists struck and shot at them injuring them critically. All three succumbed to the injuries.