Three militants who carried out an assault on the owner of Krishna Dhaba in the busy Dalgate area were arrested and admitted to their involvement.
He said the three militants had been attracted by the chief of the Resistance Front (TRF) Gazi, who had directed the trio to hit Krishna Dhaba, where the tourist rush was still high and the shop stayed open throughout the hartals.
He said the charges sheet will soon be filed in the event. He said that the attack was carried out to instil terror among visitors on the day when international envoys were in Srinagar.
On Wednesday, militants shot a man at a famous food shop in Kashmir, Krishna Dhaba, in the Dalgate area of Srinagar on the evening, wounding an individual known as Aakash Mehra.
According to the police sources, the weapons namely gun and the bike on which they came have been captured. He said the three detained were newly recruited militants and one of them had been given weapons training in the Pahalgam forest district. He said that two of the militants belong to Pampore, and the third to Pulwama.
He said the three of them admitted the abuse. Kumar said that “the police have also recorded their confession statement in a video and it will be produced before the court along with the bill of indictment.”
This was the second time that the militants indulged in. Prior to this they attacked a Kashmiri businessman. Earlier, on December 31, militants shot dead a goldsmith, Satpal Nischal, at the busy Srinagar market in Sarai Bala.
Satpal Niscal had been running a jewellery store in Sarai Bala for many decades. The 70-year-old Nishal was reportedly the first citizen to be killed in Kashmir for receiving a certificate under the current law on residency.
The statute gives citizens who have lived in Jammu and Kashmir for more than 15 years the right to buy immovable land.