Police said three people – a chemist, a street food vendor and a cab driver – were gunned down by terrorists in separate incidents within an hour in Kashmir today.
Makhan Lal Bindu, 70, a prominent businessman and owner of Bindru Medicate Pharmacy in Srinagar’s Iqbal Park, was shot at around 7 pm from point-blank range inside his pharmacy, police said. He was immediately rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him brought dead on arrival.
Police and security forces reached the spot but the attackers had already fled. Police said the area around his pharmacy has been sealed and search operation is on.
A Kashmiri Pandit, Bindru lived in Kashmir and ran his own pharmacy even at the height of terrorism in the 1990s.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condemned the attack and expressed “heartfelt condolences to his family”. “What a terrible news! He was a very kind man. I am told that he never left during the height of the militancy and remained open with his shop. I strongly condemn this killing and for his family’s.” My heartfelt condolences to you. May his soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.
Soon after the incident, terrorists attacked Lal Bazar in Srinagar and killed a street food vendor, who has been identified by the police as Virendra Paswan. Police said that he, a resident of Bhagalpur in Bihar, lived in Jadibal area of Srinagar. This is the fourth civilian killing in Srinagar in the last four days.
Another civilian was shot dead by terrorists in Bandipora in the third terror attack within an hour in the Union Territory. The man has been identified as Mohammad Shafi, the chairman of a taxi stand in the area.
Police said all the three attack sites have been cordoned off and search is on to nab the terrorists.
On Saturday, terrorists killed Majid Ahmed Gojri and Mohammad Shafi Dar for their alleged links with the security forces. The Resistance Front had claimed responsibility for these killings.