A jeweller who was shot dead in the commercial hub of the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir was a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh – the fountainhead of India’s Hindu right wing, a pro-independence insurgent group said on Thursday.
Satpal Nischal, the jeweller who was critically injured after being attacked by gunmen in Saraibala in Srinagar, succumbed to injuries on way to the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital in Nawa Bazar.
A senior police officer had told a local news agency that the attack on 65-year-old Nischal, who was the owner of ‘Nischal Jewellers’, was carried out by the pro-freedom insurgents.
Dr Nazir Choudhary, the medical superintendent at the SMHS hospital, told the news agency that Nischal, who was a resident of Indira Nagar locality, was brought dead to the hospital.
The armed forces corroded off the busy market and carried searches but the attackers escaped.
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.