Makhan Lal Bindroo, owner of Bindroo Medicate was killed by terrorists at his shop near Iqbal Park in Srinagar city, Kashmir. He sustained four bullet wounds and doctors at the SMHS hospital in Srinagar said he was dead on arrival.
Bindroo, 68, was shot by the assailants from point-blank range while he was at his pharmacy dispensing medicines, a police official said. Bindroo was one of the few Hindus who did not migrate out of Kashmir after the onset of jihad in 1990 and religious cleansing of Hindus.
A non-local food vendor — Virender Paswan, a resident of Bhagalpur in Bihar, who was selling golgappa and bhelpuri in Lal Bazar area of Srinagar, was also killed by terrorists.
A civilian, Muhammad Shafi Lone, was also shot dead in Naidkhai area of Bandipora district of the union territory, as terrorists continued their murder spree. He was the president of the local taxi stand.
All three murders occurred within 90 minutes. Terror organisation The Resistance Front (TRF), a front of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Tayiba, has claimed responsibility for the killings.
However, another letter has also emerged from a group called ‘United Liberation Front Jammu and Kashmir’ which claims that Makhan Lal Bindroo was murdered for being an ‘RSS stooge’, Virender Paswan for being a ‘non-local informer’ working for ‘intelligence wing of Hindutva forces’, and Shafi Lone for being an ‘informer’
Netizens called out the barbarity of the Islamist worldview which targets innocent lives for their supremacist goals.
Meanwhile the terror apologists were pretending as if the assailants are ‘unknown gunmen’, with some even pointing the finger of suspicion at the Indian state. Such distortion is par for the course in Kashmir.
There has been a spree of murders of Hindus in Jammu & Kashmir in the last year: Sarpanch Ajay Pandita, jeweler Satpal Nischal (70) was shot dead after he obtained a nod for domicile in Kashmir having spent 4 decades there, , Krishna Vaishno Dhaba owner’s son Akash Mehra (22), municipal councillor Rakesh Pandita, policeman Bantoo Sharma and Bihari laborer Shankar Choudhary, 3-year-old Veer the nephew of BJP leader Jasbir Singh.
Many other village heads, BJP activists and security forces have lost their lives too, and several terrorists have been eliminated.
Removal of Article 370 and the sidelining of the separatist Kashmiri political parties has ended the cycle of violent street protests and open calls for jihad. But the state is still failing to provide security to ordinary citizens, especially Hindus.