The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday described the controversy around National Conference leader Syed Mohammad Yousuf, who allegedly died in police custody, as Jammu and Kashmir’s “cash-for-vote” scam and demanded an independent inquiry into the whole issue.

BJP spokesperson and MP Shahnawaz Hussain said this issue is not an internal matter of the National Conference. The opposition has been demanding that Yousuf’s killers be identified and brought to justice, he said.

“An independent inquiry should be held. This is not an internal matter of the National Conference. Clean chit given by the Abdullah family or the party is not important. This is the cash-for-vote scam of Jammu and Kashmir,” Mr. Hussain said.

He maintained that there was suspicion about circumstances of Yousuf’s death as he died soon after leaving the Chief Minister’s residence.

Yousuf was allegedly reprimanded by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for his suspected involvement in some corruption cases where he had taken money from people to get them appointed to high offices. He was handed over to the Crime Branch of the police but reportedly died in custody.