A member of the Sikh community was stabbed to death inside his shop in Shaheedan Bazaar Wednesday afternoon. Gagan Singh, son of Aamarjeet Singh, told the police that he was at the family-owned cosmetics shop until 2 pm on Wednesday, when his father came to work and sent him home.
When Gagan returned at 5pm, he found the shop’s shutters pulled halfway down. His father was missing. Gagan said he went to the shop’s adjacent warehouse, where he found his father’s body.
Gagan said his family doesn’t have any known enemies and have been residents of Dagai, Mardan, for many years. The Hoti police have lodged an FIR and started investigation into the murder.
Last month, two men opened fire on three members of the Sikh community in Shabab Markat, in the Hashtnagri area of Peshawar. One man, Jagmot Singh, was killed while two others, Manmit Singh and Param Singh, were injured. The men were shot at as they opened Manmit’s cosmetics shops in the market in the morning.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2014.