Kulgam BJP Yuva Morcha General Secretary Fida Hussain and two other party workers were shot dead by militants in YK Pora area of the district late on Thursday. While Hussain died on the spot, Umer Hajam and Umer Rashid Beigh succumbed on the way to hospital, a police official said.
He said the trio was rushed to a local hospital at Qazigund where doctors declared them dead on arrival. The Resistance Front (TRF), which is believed to be a shadow group of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, has claimed responsibility for the killings.
In a message in English and Hindi on its social media account, the TRF said "crematoriums will get overbooked". Militants have since June stepped up attacks on BJP workers and leaders, killing eight of them so far.
Condoling the incident, former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, "Saddened to hear about the killing of three BJP workers in Kulgam. Condolences to their families. At the end of the day, its people of J&K who pay with their lives because of GOI’s ill thought out policies."
Another leader from the Valley, Omar Abdullah called the incident "terrible". "I unequivocally condemn the targeted killing of the 3 BJP workers in a terror attack. May Allah grant them place in Jannat and may their families find strength during this difficult time," he said.
Recently, some leaders associated with the ruling party have been attacked in the Union territory. In July, BJP leader Sheikh Waseem Bari and two members of his family were killed after militants opened fire at them in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district. Bari was earlier the district president of the party.