Gul Muhammad Mir was the BJP's vice president in Anantnag National Conference leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah has condemned the attack. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has also condemned the killing

New Delhi: Gul Muhammad Mir, a local BJP worker, was on Saturday shot dead by suspected terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district, the police have said. Mr Mir was the BJP's district vice president. The party has alleged that his security was recently withdrawn by the state administration, currently run by Governor Satya Pal Malik.

Revealing details, police said three terrorists came to his house in Nowgam Verinag area and asked for the keys to his car. While driving the vehicle away, they pumped bullets into Mir, who was popular in the area as ''Atal'', they said.

A police official said Mir was rushed to a hospital in a critical condition where he died.

The area was cordoned off to catch the suspects, the official said.

The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP, in a statement, expressed deepest condolences to Gul Mohammed Mir's family and demanded strict action against "ill elements who are spoiling peace in valley and killing innocent people".

"Ghulam Mohd Mir, office bearer of the BJP in South Kashmir has been shot & killed in Nowgam, Verinag. I condemn this dastardly act of violence & pray for the soul of the departed. May his soul rest in peace," Mr Abdullah tweeted.

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has also condemned the killing.

"I strongly condemn the killing of BJP leader Gul Muhammad Mir in Verinag, South Kashmir. My condolences to the bereaved family and prayers for the departed soul," PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.