Police say the intruder breached the main gate before he was shot by security forces

An intruder has been shot dead by the security forces guarding the house of former Chief Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah in Jammu on Saturday morning.

"The intruder breached the main gate and went inside. He had a scuffle with the duty officers there. The duty officer was also injured. After that, he entered the residence. There has been some sort of damage to the articles over there. Subsequently, he was shot dead," said Senior Superintendent of Police, Jammu, Vivek Gupta.

According to the police, it was a case of forced entry, and the intruder was not carrying any weapons.

The private residence of Mr. Abdullah is in Jammu’s Bathindi area. The police said it’s investigating the matter. The area has been sealed and the searches have been launched.

Mr. Abdullah’s son Omar Abdullah, also former chief and NC vice-president, wrote on Twitter that the initial reports suggest the intruder was able to gain entry through the front door and into the upper lobby of the house.

"Further details are awaited as the security personnel carry out the anti-sabotage checks and ascertain the background of the person who was able to force his way in to the house," Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter.

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