Peshawar, May 29 (PTI) A renowned Sikh religious leader and rights activist was today gunned down here in Pakistan’s northwestern city, according to a media report. Also Read - Over 300 Twitter Handles Generated From Pakistan to Disrupt Farmers' Tractor Rally, Claims Delhi Police

Charnjit Singh, 52, was killed inside his shop in Scheme Chowk area in the outskirts of the city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Express Tribune reported. Also Read - Pakistan Approves Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V For Emergency Use

“An attacker shot Singh inside his shop and escaped afterwards. He died on the spot,” superintendent police Saddar Shaukat Khan. Also Read - Secret Tunnel Used to Infiltrate Terrorists From Pakistan Detected in J&K's Kathua | Watch

It was not clear whether it was a target killing incident or a result of personal enmity.

The deceased had been residing in Peshawar for decades but his family hailed from Kurram Agency. He owned a store in the metropolis for quite a long time, the report said.

The murder caused panic among the minority community as several Sikhs have been killed in different parts of the city in the past.

Most of the Sikhs residing in Peshawar are those whose families previously resided in different parts of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) but shifted to Peshawar and started a business.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.