Jeweller Shot Dead In Crowded Srinagar Market

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CRPF Officer Injured In Sangam Militant Attack

Srinagar: Unidentified gunmen on Thursday shot dead a jeweller in Saraibala area of this capital city, while a CRPF officer was injured in a militant attack in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said.

Satpal Nischal, owner of Nischal Jewellers was shot at and critically injured by unknown gunmen inside his shop in the bustling Saraibala locality of the city on Thursday evening, officials said. The gunmen fled from the spot after leaving the jeweller in a pool of blood.

The jeweller, officials said, succumbed to his injuries on the way to Srinagar’s SMHS hospital.

Medical Superintendent, SMHS, Dr Nazir Choudhary told Kashmir Observer that the jeweller was brought dead to the hospital.

“He had already passed away. He had three bullet wounds in chest,” Choudhary added.

According to the reports, Satpal was currently putting up in the Indira Nagar area of the city.

Soon after the attack, a large contingent of police and CRPF personnel reached Saraibala and launched a search operation to nab the attackers.

Condemning the ‘cold blooded murder’ of Satpal, Apni Party president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said that the culprits involved in the gruesome killing should be booked and given a stern punishment as warranted under law.

“Such inhuman and barbaric incidents are abhorred and unacceptable to any civilized society in the world and the same should be condemned by one and all,” Bukari said in a statement issued here.

He also expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and courage to his family, relatives and friends to bear this irreparable loss.

Meanwhile, minutes after Saraibala shootout, suspected militants attacked a C company of 89 battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Sangam in Anantnag district leaving an officer injured, a police official said.

The official said sub-inspector Hardayal Yadav was injured in the firing.

The government forces have cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to track down the militants, he added. (With PTI inputs)

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