Security forces during a search operation in Srinagar (File photo)
SRINAGAR: Terrorists shot dead a salesman in Bohri Kadal area here on Monday, within 24 hours of killing a police constable in his rented accommodation in Batmaloo area, also in Srinagar. He is the 12th civilian to be killed since October 2 this year.
Mohammad Ibrahim (45) was grievously wounded in Monday’s attack and succumbed to his injuries in hospital, doctors said. Ibrahim was a salesman at the shop of a Kashmiri Pandit, Roshan Lal Mawa, who reopened his small business at Bohri Kadal on May 1, 2019 on returning to the Valley after 29 years.
Ibrahim belonged to Ashtangu Ghat in the northern district of Bandipora. The medical superintendent at SMHS hospital, Dr Kanwaljeet Singh, said the victim died after being shot in the chest and abdomen.
Mawa had returned to reopen his shop in old Srinagar city and local Muslims celebrating his return had even tied the traditional welcome turban on him and his son, Dr Sandeep Mawa, who had helped fulfil his father’s dream of returning to the valley. “I migrated to Delhi where I did good business. I own a house there, but all these 29 years I have lived like a fish out of water. I always wanted to return to my home, which is Kashmir,” Roshan Lal Mawa had said at the time.
The constable shot dead on Sunday was Tausif Ahmad. “At about 8 pm, terrorists fired at Jammu & Kashmir police constable Tausif Ahmad near his residence at S D Colony, Batamaloo,” a police official said.
Eleven civilians have been killed by terrorists between October 2 and 17, including two teachers and pharmacy owner M L Bindroo. Seven of the 11 victims were Muslims, and the remainder, barring one Sikh who was a school principal, were Hindu.
IGP (Kashmir zone) Vijay Kumar said terrorists have killed 28 civilians this year. “Out of 28, five were local Hindus/Sikhs, and two migrant Hindu labourers,” he said. He said that in all such cases the terrorists had used pistols. “These acts are committed by newly recruited terrorists or those who are about to join terror outfits,” he said, adding, “In some cases, OGWs have been found directly involved.”
Intelligence sources said these killings have been carried out by sleeper cells of terror groups.
IGP Kumar said, “We are identifying all such part-time/hybrid terrorists and the strictest action shall be taken against them. We have received several leads and are working on them. We have also been launching operations along with security forces.”
Mohammad Shafi Dar was the first civilian targeted by terrorists, on October 2, over his alleged links with security forces. Majid Ahmad Gojri, a resident of Chattabal in Srinagar, was the second. Gojri was shot dead by terrorists near Madina Complex in Karan Nagar area on October 2.
Pharmacy dealer Makhan Lal Bindroo (68) was shot dead at point-blank range at his shop in Srinagar on October 5. He and his family had remained in Kashmir in the 1990s, when militancy was at its peak. Virender Paswan, a street food vendor in Srinagar’s Lal Bazaar, was shot dead the same day that Bindroo was killed. Paswan was a resident of Bhagalpur, Bihar. Mohammad Shafi Lone, president of a cab stand in Bandipora and a cab driver, was shot dead the same day, and in the same hour, as Bindroo and Paswan. Lashkar terrorist Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar, on the run after killing Shafi, was gunned down by security forces a few days later.
Sikh Supinder Kaur, the principal of a higher secondary boys school at Eidgah, was killed on October 7. Deepak Chand, a Hindu from Jammu who was ateacher at Supinder Kaur’s school, was also shot dead at the school the same day.
Sagir Ahmed, a carpenter from Saharanpur, UP, was shot dead by terrorists in Pulwama on October 16, the police said.
Arbind Kumar Sah (30) was killed by terrorists a few days later. The victim was a golguppa seller in Srinagar and belonged to Banka, Bihar.
Raja Reshi Dev, a labourer from Bihar, was shot dead on October 17 in a rented shop where he stayed in Kulgam’s Wanpoh. Jogindar Reshi Dev, was also shot dead at the same shop.