J&K: Man shot dead while trying to forcibly enter Farooq Abdullah’s home

Jammu: A man was shot dead on Saturday when he rammed his car into the residence of National Conference president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah. Abdullah, a Z-plus category protectee, was not at home when the incident took place. One security official was injured, police said.

The incident took place in Jammu’s Bathindi on Saturday morning when the man, hailing from Mendhar in Poonch district, drove at a high speed his black Mahindra XUV500 at a high speed, banged the car against the main gate and drove in.

The intruder, after ramming the car against the main gate, stopped at the garden and entered the house ransacking everything that came his way. CRPF personnel shot him dead soon after, police said.

“The intruder breached the main gate and went inside. He had a scuffle with the duty officers there. The duty officer was also injured. After that he entered the home. There has been some sort of damage to the articles over there. Subsequently, he was shot dead,” police officer Vivek Gupta said.

Police said the accused has been identified as Murtaz, whose father runs a gun factory at Ban-Talab in Jammu. The family was living in Jammu region.

“I am aware of the incident that took place at the residence my father & I share in Bhatindi, Jammu. Details are sketchy at the moment. Initial reports suggest an intruder was able to gain entry through the front door & in to the upper lobby of the house (sic),” Farooq Abdullah’s son Omar tweeted.

Abdullah, a sitting Lok Sabha member from the Srinagar constituency, is away in New Delhi for the ongoing Parliament session.

(With inputs from PTI)