The drama, according to the police, was staged to get their security cover upgraded and attract more attention from the party leadership.
Those arrested were identified as Ishfaq Ahmad Mir, son of BJP’s Kupwara district president Mohammad Shafi, and party spokesperson in Kupwara Basharat Ahmed.
“Ishfaq had sustained injury in his hand in a firing incident that took place last week. The conspiracy was hatched along with Kupwara BJP spokesperson Basharat Ahmed,” said police.
Shafi has been placed under suspension by the BJP UT unit.
The case came to light after police launched an investigation into the firing incident. Police said Ishfaq had initially described the incident as a terrorist attack. He later said and accidental bullet fired from a security guard’s gun led to the injury.
The PSO’s weapon went off accidentally in the car which hit the arm of BJP worker Ishfaq Mir. The other PSO fired in fear. Ishfaq got a minor arm injury,” Kupwara SSP GV Sundeep tweeted.
“Two police personnel deployed with Ishfaq Mir are also being questioned,” police added.
Meanwhile, BJP said in a statement: “… some reports received from various sources made us think about the credibility of our workers. As such, the party has taken the decision that GM Mir, state spokesperson of the party, will examine the whole facts of the incident and report to the party by July 25. Till then, both BJP leaders are suspended from the party.”