A man was shot dead today by security forces after he rammed his car into the home of National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah in Jammu, police said. Mr Abdullah, a Z-plus category protectee, was not at home when the incident took place. One security official was injured.
Police said the unarmed man drove a black Mahindra XUV500, banged the car against the main gate and drove in. He broke the glass table, throwing the paintings from the walls in the lobby and started climbing the stairs leading to the bedroom, police said.
CRPF personnel shot him dead near the stairs that led to the bedrooms, Press Trust India quoted police as saying. “He was warned but he didn’t listen to the warning of CRPF security guard posted in the gate,” the Central Reserve Police Force said in a statement.
“The intruder breached the main gate and went inside. He had a scuffle with the duty officer 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.
Jammu and Kashmir’s most senior police officer SP Vaid said a case has been registered and an enquiry is being conducted into the breach of security.
Police said the man’s Aadhaar card revealed that he belonged to Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch. He has been identified as Murad Ali Shah.
The intruder, after ramming the car against the main gate, stopped at the garden and entered the home, ransacking everything that came his way, Press Trust of India quoted police sources as saying. A broken teapoy, parts of a broken wooden door and flowers was seen strewn on the floor of the home in Bhatindi in the outskirts of Jammu.
“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,” Farooq Abdullah’s son Omar tweeted.
“He was with me last night. He goes to the gym daily and left for that today. I want to know why was he killed. Where were the security guards when he breached the gate? Why didn’t they arrest him?” the father of the intruder said. Murad Ali Shah’s father runs a gun shop at Bantalab in Jammu.
Farooq Abdullah, a sitting Lok Sabha member from Srinagar, is in New Delhi for the ongoing parliament session.
(With inputs from PTI and ANI)