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Pharmacist shot dead in Srinagar; daughter challenges his killers to a debate

JAMMU & KASHMIR: Makhan Lal Bindroo (70), a prominent pharmacist of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir was shot dead by some unknown gunmen on Tuesday.

Besides Bindroo, three other civilians were killed by suspected militants in separate incidents in the Jammu and Kashmir Srinagar and Bandipora districts.

The other three dead civilians have been identified as –Virender Paswan, a street food vendor of Bhagalpur in Bihar,  Mohammad Shafi, a cab driver, and the president of a taxi stand.

Paswan was a street food vendor. He was staying in Srinagar’s Zadibal area, according to the police.

The first incident was reported around 7 p.m., when Makhan Lal Bindroo, owner of Bindroo Medicate pharmacy in Srinagar’s Iqbal Park, was shot at point-blank range inside his store.

He was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed during treatment.

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Terrorists killed the street food vendor in the second incident, which occurred around 7.30 p.m. in downtown Srinagar’s Lal Bazar.

The cab driver was shot dead in Bandipora within half an hour of killing Paswan.

Earlier today, Shraddha Bindroo, the daughter of Makhan Lal Bindroo challenged the gunmen to a debate.

Speaking to the media she said that her father was a fighter, he may have died but his spirit would always live on.

She further said, “I am an associate professor. I have started from zero level. My father started from a bicycle, my brother is a famous diabetologist, my mother, she sits in the shop, that is what Makhan Lal Bindroo made us. A Kashmiri Pandit, he will never die. You can just kill the body.”

“I am a Hindu, and despite that, I read the Quran, and it says you may kill the body, the spirit lives on” adding this she said, “Bindroo will remain alive in the spirit.”

“Whoever shot dead my father while he was working, come in front of me if you have the guts and courage and have a face-to-face debate with us. You will not be able to say anything. All you can do is hurl stones and fire bullets from behind,” she added.

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