SRINAGAR: A top chemist, Makhan Lal Bindroo, whose pharmacy in Srinagar is often the last hope for finding quality medicines that are short in supply elsewhere in the Kashmir Valley, was among three civilians killed in a wave of attacks on Tuesday evening within a span of just 90 minutes.
The Kashmir administration on Wednesday decided to propose a resolution to rename a road in honour of a prominent Kashmiri Pandit businessman named Makhan Lal Bindroo.
“The road from Haft Chinar Chowk to Jehangir Chowk will be named Shaheed Makhan Lal Bindroo Road as a tribute to his contributions to society. A resolution to this effect will be formally proposed in the SMC General Council,” Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu announced on social media platform Twitter.
He also met with the family of Bindroo and conveyed to them Srinagar’s gratitude for decades of selfless service to the society by him.
Another person killed was a resident of Bihar identified as Virender Paswan who used to sell ‘golgappa’ and ‘bhelpuri’. He died on the spot near Madina Chowk Lalbazar area.
The third terror crime incident was reported in Shahgund area of Bandipora where terrorists shot dead another civilian identified as Mohd Shafi Lone, resident of Naidkhai.
Bindroo was gunned down around 7 pm yesterday when he was at his medical store at Iqbal Park, barely a few metres from the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police and ‘Cargo’, the headquarters of the anti-militancy unit of Jammu and Kashmir Police.
Bindro, 68, was shot at from point-blank range, and was declared dead. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead.
He was one of the few from the Kashmiri Pandit community who did not migrate out of the Valley after the onset of militancy in 1990. He and his wife stayed back to continue their business, which was even then a trusted name for quality medicines.
According to the police, Bindroo had suffered four gunshot wounds.
Terror group The Resistance Front (TRF), believed to be the shadow outfit of the Pakistan bases Lashkar-e-Taiba, has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s killings.
Nearly two dozen civilians have been killed in Kashmir this year so far in targeted strikes by unknown gunmen.