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Man rams SUV into Farooq Abdullah’s home in Jammu, shot dead

NEW DELHI: A man was shot dead today after he rammed his car into the residence of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah in Jammu.

The incident took place today morning when the man, hailing from Mendhar in Poonch district, drove at a high speed and banged his car against the main gate, the police said.

He later entered the house and started ransacking before being shot dead. Police said the intruder has been identified as Murtaz, whose father runs a gun factory at Ban-Talab in Jammu.

“There was an attempt of forceful entry into the house by an individual named Murfas Shah, a resident of Poonch. He forced his way through the VIP gate in an SUV,” SD Singh Jamwal IG, Jammu Zone told news agency ANI. He added that Murfas was unarmed and an investigation is underway.

Initial reports suggest an intruder was able to gain entry through the front door. (Photo: ANI)

Farooq’s son Omar Abdullah on Twitter confirmed the incident and wrote: “I am aware of the incident that took place at the residence my father and 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 and into the upper lobby of the house.”

Meanwhile, the father of the intruder has cried foul and asked why his son was not arrested but shot dead. “He was with me last night. He goes to the gym daily and left home for the same 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?” he told ANI.

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

The incident is being seen as a major breach in the security of Abdullah, a Z-plus category protectee.

(With inputs from PTI)

Updated: August 4, 2018 — 1:15 pm
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