In a bid to create unrest in the Valley, terrorists on Wednesday shot dead a non-Kashmiri man in Kakpora area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The civilian, identified as Sethi Kumar Sagar, was a migrant labourer from Chhattisgarh. He was working in a brick kiln in Nehama in Pulwama.
Sagar was called out by the militants and shot multiple times from a close range, police said. The area has been cordoned and searches are underway.
The family of the labourer is also living in Kashmir, the police said as they launched the operation in a still recovering phase of the clampdown in the valley that started just ahead of abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution on August 6.
This is the second killing of a non-Kashmiri worker in the valley this week. A truck driver from Rajasthan was killed by terrorists in Shopian on October 14.
Meanwhile, the family of the truck driver Shrief Khan has refused to accept his mortal remains. They have demanded martyr status for him and adequate compensation.
Post the revocation of Article 370, militants have been resorting to civilian killings and threats to instil fear among the people so that the return of normalcy is prevented in the valley.
The residents were reportedly asked to shut their shops in protest against the Centre’s move to abrogate Article 370.
Earlier in September, terrorists had barged into a house in Danger Pora village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore district and opened fire injuring at least four people, including a baby.
On September 9, Jammu and Kashmir Police along with the Army and other security forces including the Central Reserve Police Force had arrested eight terrorists from the Sopore region after busting a terror module of the LeT.
According to the police, the men had hatched a conspiracy to print posters threatening locals against venturing out of their homes, either for trade, travel, schools or offices. They used to distribute these posters for circulation in local villages.