Terrorists kill Kashmir jeweller for getting domicile certificate


Srinagar: Terrorists killed a Kashmir-based Punjbai jeweller who obtained domicile certificate to own immovable property in Kashmir.

The domicile law allows people to acquire property who have lived in Jammu and Kashmir for at least 15 years.

Police sources said he is identified as Satpal Nischal. He comes from Punjab’s Gurdaspur and has been living here for over 40 years. He was killed by suspected terrorists at his shop at Hari Singh High Street on Thursday evening.

Nischal is the first person to be attacked by terrorists for acquiring domicile certificate under the new  law.  Preliminary investigation revealed that the Ultras had fired upon a goldsmith, Satpal Nichal, in Saraibala, Srinagar.

As per the new domicile law, non-permanent residents who have residency proof of at least 15 years in J&K are entitled to get domicile certificates. Prior to the abrogation of Article 370, only state subjects were allowed to buy land and apply for government jobs in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Pakistan-backed terror outfit TRF has claimed responsibility for the attack and warned of more such incidents will follow.

Police sources said the terror outfit is believed to be a front of Lashkar-e-Taiba, declared on social media that, the new domicile law was “unacceptable” and only indigenous Kashmiris would be treated as “occupiers” if they acquired property in J&K.

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