As many as five non-local laborers got gunned down by terrorists in J&K’s Kulgam on Tuesday. The deceased laborers reportedly hailed from West Bengal. Security forces have cordoned off the area and search operation is going on.
The attack happened on a day a delegation of parliamentarians from the EU is visiting Kashmir to talk to locals and ask them about their experience after the abrogation of J&K’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution in August.
Another laborer was critically injured by the terrorists, they said. All the victims hailed from Murshidabad district of West Bengal, the police said.
Since the Centre’s decision on Article 370, terrorists have been targeting truckers and laborers. Mainly those who have come to the Valley from outside Kashmir. On Monday, a trucker from Udhampur district got killed by militants in Anantnag, police said. This was the fourth truck driver killed by militants since August 5.
On October 24, terrorists killed two non-Kashmiri truck drivers in the Shopian district. On October 14, two terrorists, including a suspected Pakistani national, shot dead the driver of a truck having Rajasthan registration number and assaulted an orchard owner in the Shopian district. The driver got identified as Sharief Khan.
Two days later, Punjab-based apple trader Charanjeet Singh also killed and Sanjeev injured when terrorists attacked them in the Shopian district. The same day, a brick kiln worker from Chhattisgarh was also shot dead by militants in Pulwama district.