Family members of the Bindroos, whose father Makhan Lal Bindroo was shot dead inside Srinagar’s well-known pharmacy ‘Bindroo Medicate’ by militants on October 5, placed up a courageous face on Wednesday.
They said, “the gunmen might also additionally have killed a frame however now no longer the spirit” of the family.
Statement by Bindroo’s son and daughter
Dr. Shraddha Bindroo, the victim’s daughter said “My father, Makhan Lal Bindroo, will always be alive in the spirit with which we have been brought up. Mr. [gunman], who shot my father while he was working, if you have the guts, then come have a debate with me. You won’t. You merely know how to hurl stones and open fire,” said Dr. Shraddha
Bindroo’s son said his father “was a principled man who earned a name by selling genuine medicine. He was respected by all in Kashmir for being helpful and friendly. He motivated me to return [to Kashmir] and serve people here. He had no threat as such. Even if he had, he was brave enough to keep his shop open, as he did since the 1990s”.
Good clientele prevented them from leaving Kashmir
The Bindroos are a resident of Indira Nagar, have been amongst the countable families of Kashmiri Pandits that were determined to not leave Kashmir and stayed in the Valley in the 1990s, when militancy broke out.
They earned a reputed name as a pharmacy in the Valley which stopped them from leaving Kashmir.
On Tuesday evening, unidentified militants barged into the busy pharmacy, near Iqbal Park and pierced 4 bullets into Makhan Lal’s body, leaving the 68-year old Bindroo dead.
The killing evoked a public outrage in Kashmir. Scores of neighbors and dependable clients visited the Bindroos in Srinagar to express their condolences to their own circle of relatives.
Many recalled the generosity displayed by Bindroo’s family all through difficult instances confronted by neighbors and the clients.
Remembering Bindroo’s good deeds
“Many years ago, my mother had gone to Bindroo Medicate and reached out to her purse only to realize it was stolen. Mr. Bindroo, sensing the predicament of my mother, insisted that she not only take the medicine but also gave her ₹50 so as to ensure her travel back home. We have lost a personality who epitomized our shared values and culture,” Imran Gazi, a local, said.
Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu said a road in the city “will be named after Bindroo as a tribute to his contributions to society”.
National Conference president and former Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah, who visited the family, said, “Bindroo was an upright man and served the people of the Valley all his life and helped poor people. But beasts killed him too”.
Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing. She said, “With the recent spate of civilian killings in Kashmir GOIs fake narrative of normalcy lies in tatters. An utterly desensitized govt that has devalued human lives and pushed J&K into further peril and chaos by its ruthless policies of collective punishment all in the garb of security.”
Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, condemning the killing, said: “The Hurriyat strongly condemns all killings, which are acts of pure violence against fellow humans and humanity. We appeal to the world community to intervene in putting an end to the daily violence and tragic loss of life in Kashmir by pushing for a resolution of the lingering Kashmir conflict.”
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar additionally visited the family.
The police have commenced investigation into the killing of 3 people by militants in multiple attacks by militants within 2 hours, which includes in Srinagar and one in Bandipora.
At least 25 civilians were killed by gunmen this year, including non-locals.