Kashmir witnessed yet another dark evening after dreadful killing of three civilians in seperate incidents.
The civilians - a popular chemist, a street food vendor, and a cab driver - were gunned down at different places in a span of less than two hours.
Soon after the incident, the Jammu and Kashmir police reached the spot and labelled the act as "terrorist attacks", informing that they have deployed search parties to nab the culprits.
“Terrorists fired upon the owner of the medical shop, then a non-local in Lal Bazar and then a cab driver in Shahgund area. We have cordoned off the areas and have formed search parties to catch the terrorists,” a senior police officer said.
At around 7 pm on Tuesday, Makhan Lal Bindroo, owner of Bindroo Medicate pharmacy in Srinagar’s Iqbal Park, was shot inside his pharmacy. The 70-year-old was rushed to the hospital, where he later died during treatment.
The a Kashmiri Pandit, had remained in the Valley and run his pharmacy even at the peak of militancy in the 1990s, while most of his relatives escaped from the the region.
As per officials, Bindroo was so dedicated that he would keep his shop open even on days of militant attacks, when the entire market would be shut. Moreover, he never shut his shop even during strike calls by separatists.
Expression grief and anguish on the same, former J&K CM Omar Abdullah condemned the attack in the “strongest possible terms”.
“What terrible news! He was a very kind man. I’ve been told he never left during the height of militancy and remained with his shop open. I condemn this killing in the strongest possible terms & convey my heartfelt condolences to his family. God bless his soul,” tweeted Abdullah.
In the second incident, just after 30 minutes at around 7.30 pm, terrorists struck at Lal Bazar in downtown Srinagar and killed a street food vendor.
He was identified as Virender Paswan, a resident of Bhagalpur in Bihar. Within half an hour, another civilian, Mohammad Shafi, a cab driver and the president of a taxi stand, was shot dead in Bandipora.
As of now no terror outfit have taken responsibility for the attacks, however locals and police officials smells the involvement of TRF in the killings.