A jeweller in Srinagar was shot dead allegedly by militants in a busy market area on Friday, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said.

Reports suggested that the goldsmith was killed because he obtained a certificate under the new domicile law, which allows people who have lived in Jammu and Kashmir for more than 15 years rights to purchase immovable property.

Police said that unidentified gunmen fired upon Satpal Nischal, owner of Nischal Jewelers in Saraibala area of Srinagar at 6.30 pm. Nischal was critically wounded, and was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Militant outfit Resistance Front claimed responsibility for the attack, saying all “outsiders” who received domicile certificates were agents of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the Bharatiya Janata Party, reported The Indian Express.

In a statement, the outfit said that Nischal “was part of a settler project”, and that anyone who obtains domicile “will be treated as occupiers,” reported NDTV.

“The Resistance Front had already warned that any Indian national irrespective of faith, caste or colour, who comes to Kashmir with the intention of settling here, will be treated as an agent of the RSS and not as a civilian,” it said. “We know your names, we know where you live and we know what you...

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