Sopore Man Shot Dead At Lal Chowk

Sopore Man Shot Dead At Lal Chowk

6 June 2011
Greater Kashmir
Umer Maqbool

Srinagar: Panic gripped the heart of Srinagar city Monday afternoon when a person was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Residency Road, Lal Chowk, here. Eyewitnesses told Greater Kashmir that the unidentified assailants fired upon 50-year old Muhammad Afzal Khan son of Muhammad Samundar Khan of Niharpora Sopore at around 2:20 pm when he was walking on the pavement of Residency Road near Press Enclave. “The man was shot in the head from a point blank range by a pistol and later succumbed to injuries at SMHS Hospital,” a police official said. Following the incident, top police officers including SSP Srinagar Syed Ashiq Bukhari rushed to the spot and cops searched the vehicles leaving the city. Meanwhile, a police spokesman said they were investigating all angles of the case. “Initial investigation of police has revealed that the deceased had come to Srinagar to collect a huge amount of money on account of a property deal. Police is looking into all the angles of this crime, the criminal conspiracy including the deal of selling the property,” he said, adding the deceased was a provision store owner. Top sources in police told Greater Kashmir that a cheque of Rs 32 lakhs was found in the deceased’s pocket and the assailant was presumably wearing a black shirt. The deceased is survived by six children including four daughters. The broad day light killing in the Lal Chowk area has sent alarm bells ringing in the security establishment of the state. “Even the busiest place of Valley is not safe as today’s incident proves it,” said a group of shopkeepers here. Later, addressing a press conference at District Police Lines here, SSP Srinagar Syed Ashiq Bukhari said that police was investigating the killing. However, he added that there was no militant presence in the Srinagar city. “The militants who carry out activities in the city come from other areas,” he said. Replying to a query about filing of chargesheet in Moulana Showkat’s killing case, he said that police have completed investigation in it. “We would file the chargesheet within the stipulated time,” he said. About the investigation in the killing of two cops in Nowgam on outskirts of the city last month, he said that they were yet to complete probe in the incident.


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