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5 killed in 4 days: TRF behind attacks; says targetted killings of ‘RSS stooges, informers’ will be scaled up

Two days after the killing of two men in Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital, militants of The Resistance Front shot dead three persons in Srinagar and Bandipora districts on Tuesday.

Militants first struck in the heart of the capital when unidentified men shot at the owner of a popular pharmacy opposite the Iqbal Park area near Hari Singh High Street.

An official said Pandit Makhan Lal Bindroo was fired upon four times with a small arm at his shop at Iqbal Park from a close range.

Bindroo was shifted to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital with multiple injuries.

“Bindroo had multiple bullet injuries. He was brought dead to the hospital,” Dr. Kanwaljeet Singh, Medical Superintendent of Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Nawab Bazar said.

The TRF, which owned up to the killing in a statement, called Bindroo a ‘stooge’ of the Hindutva fountainhead RSS who ‘was posing as a chemist’.

Soon after the shooting, armed forces cordoned off the entire area and conducted searches but last reports said that the attackers had managed to flee.

Kashmir police tweeted: Bindroo was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The area has been cordoned off and search for militants is going on.”

68-year-old Kashmir Pandit, Bindroo was one of the few among his community who did not migrate out of Kashmir after the onset of militancy in 1990.

He stayed back along with his wife to continue operating his pharmacy Bindroo Medicate.

At around 7:45 pm, armed men struck in the Lal Bazar area of Srinagar and shot dead an Indian vendor.

Police identified the slain as Virender Paswan, a resident of Bihar, present living in a rented accommodation at Alamgari Bazar of the city.

“In second attack resistance, fighters neutralized a non-local informer. He was working for the intelligence wing of occupational Hindutva forces,” TRF spokesperson Umar Wani said in the statement.

The TRF made a similar claim about the third attack it carried out in Bandipora.

An official said that the gunmen fired upon one Mohammad Shafi at Shahgund, leaving him critically injured.

Shafi, the Sumo Stand Naidkhai president, was moved to hospital but succumbed to the wounds before being admitted.

Block Medical Officer Hajin Dr. Aijaz Ahmed said that Muhammad Shafi alias Sonu was brought dead to the Community Health Centre Sumbal.

The slain was president of the Sumo Drivers Association in Naidkhai. “He had gone to Shahgund to meet his relative,” the sources said.

Meanwhile, police cordoned the area and launched a manhunt to nab the attackers.

Since October 2, five unarmed men have been shot dead using small arms, four of them in Srinagar alone.

On Saturday last week, armed men killed Abdul Majid Guroo, a resident of Chattabal, and Muhammad Shafi Dar, a resident of Batmaloo in Srinagar.

As freedom fighters already warned RSS stooges, non-local Hindutva agents, and informers. Now we will show no mercy towards them and freedom fighters will strike deep in their hearts,” Wani said in the statement circulated on social media.

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