Hundreds mourn Srinagar resident Mohammad Ibrahim Khan

Khan was a salesperson at a shop owned by a Kashmir Pandit and was shot dead, allegedly by militants, on Monday evening, the second such killing in 24 hours

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Hundreds attended the funeral prayers for Srinagar resident Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, a civilian who was shot dead, allegedly by militants, on Monday evening in Bohri Kadal Srinagar. According to reports Khan was working as a salesperson at a shop owned by a Kashmir Pandit. 

The 45-year-old local resident of Srinagar was killed on Monday in the second such attack on civilians in the 24 hours, stated news reports. Khan, a resident of Bandipora, was rushed to hospital and succumbed to his injuries. According to news reports police issued a statement that said, “Preliminary investigation has revealed that terrorists had fired upon one civilian identified as Mohammad Ibrahim Khan son of Ghulam Mohammad Khan resident of Astengoo Bandipora at Borikadal area of Srinagar. In this terror incident, he had sustained critical gunshot injuries and was immediately shifted to a nearby hospital for the treatment where he succumbed to his injuries.” It further said, “Iinvestigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the circumstances which lead to this terror crime. The area has been cordoned off and searches in the area is going on.” 

Khan’s murder is reportedly the second in 24 hours in the Union Territory. On Sunday, militants had shot dead a Jammu and Kashmir Police constable near his home in Srinagar, stated news reports. Last month alone, around 11 civilians have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir, all allegedly by militants. According to news reports, The Resistance Front, an offshoot of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, claimed responsibility for most of the killings.

Khan was a salesperson at the shop owned by a Kashmiri Pandit that had been re-opened in early 2019 after remaining closed for 29 years. According to Indian Express, Khan worked at a shop run by Roshan Lal Mawa who “had migrated to Delhi at the onset of militancy in the Valley in the early ’90s,” and had returned to Srinagar in May 2019 and reopened his wholesale grocery store in the Old City area. Khan is now being hailed for standing by the Kashmiri Pandit community. 

According to National Conference leader Omar Abdullah “Unfortunately Ibrahim is the latest in a series of targeted killings in the valley, especially Srinagar.” 

“Security situation in J&K has deteriorated to an extent where not a week goes by when an innocent doesn’t lose his life. Unfortunate that despite repressive measures taken in name of security, people are being killed,” stated Mehbooba Mufti

According to NDTV, police have launched a major crackdown in Kashmir “and detained over 900 people suspected to be linked with separatists” and claim that most of the terrorists involved in recent targeted attacks were killed in encounters. “Over 5,000 additional troops were also brought in to deal with the situation even as Kashmir is already saturated with security forces,” stated the news report.


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