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70-year-old Punjab jeweler shot to death in J&K | India News


SRINAGAR: A 70-year-old jeweler from Punjab settled in Srinagar For four decades he was shot dead by motorcycle terrorists in the congested town of Sarai Bala on Thursday, months after he obtained a residence certificate and bought a store and a house.
Claiming responsibility for the murder of Satpal Nischal, whose roots are in Amritsar, the fledgling Pakistan-backed terrorist organization TRF said that the new domicile law was “unacceptable” and that all Kashmiris except indigenous people, they would be treated as “occupiers” if they acquired property in J&K. “More to come,” TRF said in a statement circulated on Facebook.
A little-known group calling itself the J&K United Liberation Front praised TRF, an amalgamation of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, for acting tough against “occupiers and puppets.”
Nischal, the first holder of an address certificate to be targeted by terrorists since the new law came into force, was the owner of Nischal Jewelers in Srinagar. Police said he was shot three times in the chest and pronounced dead upon arrival at SMHS Hospital.
As soon as he obtained his residency certificate earlier this year, Nischal bought a shop at Hanuman Mandir in the heart of Srinagar and a house at Indira Nagar, near the army headquarters in Badami Bagh. “His shop in Saria Bala is very popular with future brides because of its reasonable rates,” said a friend of the family.
Nischal is survived by two sons and a daughter.
Meanwhile, a deputy CRPF inspector was injured when suspected terrorists threw a grenade and then fired at a patrol in the Sangam area of ​​the Anantnag district in southern Kashmir.

Times of India