The son of an Indian jeweller, who was killed outside his shop in the commercial hub of the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir says he doesn’t think that his father was killed by the pro-freedom insurgents.
65-year-old Satpal Nischal was on Thursday shot dead by unknown gunmen at his shop in Sariyebal market. Soon after the attack, an insurgent group, The Resistance Front had claimed the responsibility for the shooting.
The slain goldsmith’s son, Rakesh Nischal, told a local newspaper: “we are living in Kashmir for the past 50 years and none of the militant groups have ever asked us anything or harassed us. I don’t think militants will do it.”
Rakesh said: it was unlikely that insurgents would kill him on obtaining a domicile certificate.
He said: “We have not checked the CCTV footage yet as our family was busy with the father’s cremation on Friday.”
“My father was 67 years old. Why would he need a domicile, he didn’t have to apply for any job. We have been living in this house for the past 30 years and his father has established a business 50 years ago,” Rakesh said.
Scores of locals, traders, and members of the Sikh community also participated the goldsmith’s last rites.
A police spokesman said preliminary investigation revealed that militants had fired upon a goldsmith at his shop in Sariyebal in Srinagar.
After the attack, insurgent group, The Resistance Front, issued a statement, saying its rebels “conducted an intelligence based operation in Srinagar in which an RSS agent, who was posing as a businessman, was neutralized.”
“The individual was an active participant in the demographic change and settler colony project run by Hindutva fascists to alter the demography of Kashmir,” the TRF noted.
“The Resistance Front had already warned that any Indian national irrespective of faith, caste or colour who comes to Kashmir with the intention of settling here will be treated as an agent of RSS and not as a civilian,” it said.