Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said his National Conference will request the Election Commission of India to review security in Shopian district where a party sarpanch has been killed by militants.
"My party will formally request the ECI to review security in this area. We are concerned about gaps in the security grid," Omar tweeted soon after National Conference sarpanch Mohammad Sultan Bhat was shot dead in Shopian district Sunday night.
Omar said with model code of conduct in force, he cannot intervene with security forces on the matter.
"The EC code forbids me from any engagement with the security forces. So, the EC is now responsible for plugging any loopholes," he added.
The Chief Minister condoled the killing of the Sarpanch saying his death will spur the party to remain steadfast and committed to its mission of peaceful and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir.
"My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. He joins the many hundreds of NC cadre killed for their political beliefs.
"Bhat Sahib's death will only spur us on to remain steadfast and committed to our mission of a peaceful, prosperous naya Jammu & Kashmir," he added.
Bhat was shot dead by militants outside his home at Nazneenpora in Shopian.