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Police scanning CCTV footage to get to killers of Punjabi jeweller in Kashmir

The Jammu and Kashmir Police is investigating the murder of a jeweller in Kashmir which took place on December 31, 2020. The police is expected to have access to some evidence and are nearing the breakthrough.

Sources said the police has formed a special investigation team for solving the case of the murder of 70-year-old Satpal Nischal. The SIT is taking help of CCTV footage of the Sarai Bala and nearby areas in the civil lines of Srinagar where the unfortunate incident took place.

Sources said the CCTV footage has shown some solid evidence regarding the case.

CCTV footage is being examined by a team of experts. Police is also seeking help of telecom service providers to solve the case. Police is considering it a terror attack carried out by at least two terrorists. A police officer said that this is what it looks prima facie. According to sources, the Union Home Ministry has ordered police to crack this case as soon as possible and police officers are working day and night to solve the case.

On 31 December 2020, a jewellery shop owner named Nischal was shot dead. He was running a jewellery shop in Srinagar for at least 40 years and was murdered weeks after he got a certificate under the new domicile law. It permits people who have lived in J&K for more than 15 years to purchase the property.

The Resistance Front (TRF), a new terror group released a statement taking responsibility for this gruesome act. The terror group maintained that the jeweller belonged to a “settler project” and all those who try to obtain the domicile certificate will be treated as “occupiers”. Abdullahs and the Muftis have remained silent over the involvement of the TRF in the gruesome killing and the BJP has questioned them.

The police have informed media that they are also probing TRF claims regarding to the case.

Nischal was originally a resident of Punjab’s Gurdaspur. After getting the domicile certificate, Nischal purchased two properties as the government has made some recent amendments regarding the purchase of land by non-residents of J&K.