National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday expressed shock over the death of Zahid and described it as a shocking reminder of “intolerance and frenzy” perpetrated by elements inimical to peace and tranquility.
“In a civilised society there is no room for those who believe in violence,” Abdullah said and accused the BJP for encouraging “jingoism”.
Abdullah castigated the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state for allegedly failing to deal with the situation and said the policy to divide the society was “neither in the interest of the country nor the state”.
Azad condoles with victim’s family
Congress leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, called upon the state government to take urgent and effective steps to prevent such events in future.
“Heart rending acts of mob violence widen the gulf between the various sections of the society and leave lasting scars of affliction and anguish,” he said.
“Time has come to put an end to politics of hate and intolerance in order to regain the place of glory for our state, which has been abode of peace and tolerance for centuries.”