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Kashmiri shopkeeper’s killing: Hizbul Mujahideen on radar

Unidentified masked persons had attacked 65-year-old Mir with firearms in his shop on Thursday night. He succumbed to bullet injuries in a local hospital.

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Last Updated: Sep 03, 2019, 07.16 AM IST
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According to police, Mir owned two shops which were being run by his two sons.
NEW DELHI: Investigations into the fatal attack on shopkeeper Ghulam Mohammad Mir at Parimpora in Srinagar last week point to a possible role of a Hizbul Mujahideen linked militant in the killing. Mir, they said, had defied the shutdown calls of separatists during the agitations in 2008, 2010 and 2016.

Unidentified masked persons had attacked 65-year-old Mir with firearms in his shop on Thursday night. He succumbed to bullet injuries in a local hospital. According to police, Mir owned two shops which were being run by his two sons. His younger son, Shabir Ahmed Mir, had taken voluntary retirement from the Indian Army’s J&K Light Infantry (JAKLI) in 2018 to support his father in the business.

J&K Police had initially registered a case of attempt to murder under the Arms Act. “After Mir’s death, the murder charges were added. Preliminary investigations link the killing with the terrorist organisation, including a local terrorist, to create fear among the people and vitiate the atmosphere,” a senior officer told ET.

Police said Mir had defied ‘hartals’ during the agitations in 2008, 2010 and 2016. “He was performing his routine business even during the time of strikes to earn a livelihood. The family members informed the police that Mir used to donate a portion of his earnings to philanthropic societies like Athroot,” the officer said. The attack has spread fear among shop owners and they are reluctant to go to work. According to officials, police and security forces are patrolling the markets in Srinagar to infuse a sense of security among the shop owners.

On Monday, J&K principal secretary Rohit Kansal said 90% of the valley is free of daytime restrictions. “Daytime restrictions have been lifted from 92 police stations, up from 81 last week, he said. “This makes 90% of the valley free of daytime restrictions of any kind.” Kansal added that over 26,000 landlines are functional in the valley now. “In our latest decision, we decided to open 29 more exchanges.”

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