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Jammu boy shot at by terrorists in Kashmir for being an “outsider” dies

Last Updated on February 28, 2021 at 12:03 pm

Akash Mehra, son of owner of Kashmir’s popular Krishna Dhaba died days after being shot at by a group of terrorists for being an “outsider in valley”.

Mehra was under treatment at SMHS hospital during which the police had also arrested three terrorists from Kashmir in the case.

The attack at Krishna Dhaba, located in a high-security area of the city and popular among tourists and locals, took place when a 24 member delegation of foreign envoys arrived on a visit to the Union Territory.

On February 19, J&K Police arrested three persons allegedly owing allegiance to a terror outfit of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba. The Muslim Janbaz Force, a terror outfit which was active in early 1990s, had claimed responsibility for the attack.

The accused have been identified as Suhail Ahmad Mir and Owais Manzoor Sofi of Nowgam in Anantnag and Vilayat Aziz Mir of Pulwama, said Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Kashmir zone Vijay Kumar.

While the Kashmiri leadership has condemned the killing of Jammu boy Akash Mehra, BJP leaders remained tightlipped till the filing of this report.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in a tweet, “Very sad news about Akash, son of the owner of Krishna Dhaba in Srinagar. After a brave fight he lost the battle to recover from injuries suffered in the earlier attack. May his soul rest in peace & may his family find strength at this difficult time”.

Former Chief Minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said, “Shocked & saddened to know that Akash Mehra who ran Krishna Dhaba in Srinagar succumbed to his injuries after being shot at by militants. May his soul rest in peace & deepest condolences to the bereaved family.”