A 70-year-old jeweller from Punjab settled in Srinagar for four decades was shot dead by motorcycle-borne terrorists in the city’s congested Sarai Bala locality on Thursday, months after he got a domicile certificate and purchased a shop and a house.
Claiming responsibility for the killing of Satpal Nischal, whose roots are in Amritsar, the fledgling Pakistan-backed terror outfit TRF said the new domicile law was “unacceptable” and everyone other than indigenous Kashmiris would be treated as “occupiers” if they acquired property in J&K. “More to come,” TRF said in a statement circulated through Facebook.
Nischal, the first domicile certificate holder to be targeted by terrorists since the new law took effect, was the owner of Nischal Jewellers in Srinagar. Police said he took three gunshots on his chest and was declared dead on arrival at SMHS Hospital. Nischal is survived by two sons and a daughter.
A little-known outfit that calls itself the United Liberation Front of J&K praised TRF, an amalgam of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, for going hard at “occupiers and stooges”.
As soon as he got his domicile certificate earlier this year, Nischal purchased 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 a popular one among to-be brides because of its reasonable rates,” a family friend said. Meanwhile, a CRPF sub-inspector was injured when suspected terrorists lobbed a grenade, followed by firing, on a patrol party in the Sangam area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district