On Pak orders, ji­hadis storm trader’s home, in­jure 2-yr-old

4 Shot At, NSA Gets Child Flown To AIIMS

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Sri­na­gar: Four per­sons, in­clud­ing a 30-month-old girl, were in­jured when two ter­ror­ists barged into the house of a fruit trader in Danger­pora area of So­pore in north Kash­mir’s Bara­mulla district and opened indiscrimi­nate fire on Satur­day morn­ing.

Baby Asma Jan, who was crit­i­cally in­jured in the fir­ing, was flown to AIIMS in New Delhi for spe­cialised treat­ment on the in­struc­tions of na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Ajit Doval, po­lice said. The other three in­jured have been iden­ti­fied as Mo­ham­mad Ashraf, Mo­ham­mad Ramzan and Ar­shid Hussain.

Talk­ing to re­porters in Delhi, Doval said elec­tronic in­ter­cepts showed that ter­ror­ists were an­gry with Ha­mudul­lah Rather, an of­fice­bearer of So­pore Fruit Traders’s As­so­ci­a­tion, be­cause he had de­fied their dik­tats to sus­pend busi­ness. “Se­cu­rity forces have in­ter­cepted con­ver­sa­tions where a Pak­istan-based caller ad­mon­ished ter­ror­ists for fail­ing to stop the move­ment of ap­ples from J&K to rest of the coun­try,” said the NSA.

“We should send you ban­gles in­stead of guns if you can­not stop move­ment of ap­ples,” Doval said quot­ing from the in­ter­cepts of the con­ver­sa­tion be­tween ter­ror­ists and their Pak­istan­based han­dlers. He said that the two ter­ror­ists who car­ried out the at­tack were speak­ing in “Pun­jabi Urdu”.

The J&K ad­min­is­tra­tion has been per­suad­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion to restart nor­mal trad­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Just a day be­fore, over 750 ap­ple-laden trucks had moved from the mandi.

Ter­ror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammed and Hizbul Mu­ja­hedeen have been threat­en­ing shop­keep­ers and traders to not open their es­tab­lish­ments. They have been is­su­ing these dik­tats by putting up posters, po­lice sources said.

On Au­gust 29, three mo­tor­bike-borne ter­ror­ists killed 65-year-old Ghu­lam Mo­ham­mad for keep­ing his gro­cery shop open at Parim­pora on Sri­na­gar’s out­skirts. Though Ghu­lam and his wife, who was present when the as­sailants opened fire, pleaded for “par­don”, the ter­ror­ists killed him, sources said.

A few days af­ter Ghu­lam’s killing, ter­ror­ists threat­ened the owner of a well-known de­part­men­tal store in Sri­na­gar that they would kill his son if he dared to open his store again.


In­jured fruit dealer Mo­ham­mad Ashraf Dar at a hos­pi­tal in Sri­na­gar

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