Krishna Dhaba owner’s son dies 12 days after being shot by ultras

TNN Bureau. Updated: 3/1/2021 11:10:21 AM Front Page

Jammu: The son of the owner of popular food joint Krishna Dhaba who was injured in the militant attack on the eatery, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning.
The son of the owner of popular eatery Krishna Dhaba, who was shot at by militants on February 17, died at a hospital here on Sunday, officials said.
Akash was the second non-Kashmiri killed by gunmen this year. Satpal Singh, a goldsmith was shot dead at his shop at Sarai Bala on December 31.
Meanwhile, the LieutenantGovernor of Jammu and Kashmir all political parties, including two former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, besides civil societies and general public condoled the demise of Akash.
Akash was critically wounded when he was shot at near his shop at DalgateSonawar area on February 17 evening, when a foreign delegation was in the city for assessing ground situation in the Kashmir valley.
The injured, who had received three bullet wounds, was admitted to hospital where he was operated upon by doctors.
However, he succumbed this morning at the hospital. His family members left with the body of Akash for Jammu this morning, sources said.
The Muslim Janbaz Force, a terror outfit which was active in the early 1990s, had claimed responsibility for the attack.
Krishna Dhaba, which is famous for serving vegetarian food, is located in Durganag, a high-security area of the city. Several high-profile installations like the office of UN Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan and the residence of the Jammu and Kashmir chief justice are located within 200 metres of the food joint.
The police have arrested three persons allegedly owing allegiance to a shadow terror outfit of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba for their involvement in the attack.
Expressing grief over the death, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said that militants would never succeed in their nefarious designs.
"Saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Akash Mehra, son of the owner of Krishna Dhaba in Srinagar.
Condolences to the bereaved family. May God give strength to the family to bear this irreparable loss," Sinha said on Twitter.
He said the perpetrators of the attack would be brought to justice.
"Terrorists will never succeed in their nefarious designs, and those responsible for such heinous acts shall be brought to justice," he said in another 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,” Abdullah, who is the vice president of National Conference (NC), wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Reaching to the news, Mehbooba, who is the president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that she is shocked and saddened to know that Akash succumbed to his injuries after being shot at by militants. “May his soul rest in peace & deepest condolences to the bereaved family,” she tweeted.Similar, outrage over the death of the eatery owner’s son was expressed by over civil societiesandgeneral public.

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