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‘Won’t allow India to change Kashmir’s demography’: militants critically wound eatery owner’s son

Suspected insurgents shot at, and critically wounded, the son of the owner of popular food joint Krishna Dhaba, located in a high-security area of the Srinagar city, on Wednesday evening.

Akash Mehra, was immediately rushed to SMHS Hospital where his condition was stated to be critical. The eatery, which is famous for serving vegetarian food, is located in Durganag area of the city.

Medical Superintendent of SMHS hospital, Dr Nazir Choudhary told KNO that the 22-year-old youth received a bullet in his chest and is being operated at Trauma ward. He added that his condition is critical.

In an Urdu letter circulated on the internet Muslim Janbaz Force has claimed responsibility for the attack. The militant group said that they will not allow Indians to buy land and will resists the attempts to change the demography of the region.

Several high-profile installations like the office of UN Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan and the residence of the Jammu and Kashmir chief justice are located within 200 metres of the food joint.

The police are looking at the CCTV footage but reports said the attackers managed to flee.

The attack comes on a day when a group of envoys including those from several European Union countries and a few Organisation of Islamic Countries’ member states began a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to get a first-hand account of the situation in the newly carved union territory, especially after the recently concluded local body elections.

The envoys are putting up in a hotel barely two kilometres from the attack site.

This is the second attack on non-Kashmiri residents in the city after the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier in January, a jeweller, Satpal, settled in Kashmir for the last five decades, was shot dead. The Resistance Front had claimed responsibility for the attack.

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