In yet another attack on a non-Kashmiri, a Punjab-based apple trader was killed by terrorists in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday evening. Another civilian was injured in the attack.
Charanjeet Singh and Sanjeev were shot at Trenz by 3-4 militants around 7.30 pm, the police said.
They were taken to the district hospital in Pulwama in a critical condition. Charanjeet succumbed to his injuries while Sanjeev’s condition is stated to be critical.
This is the third killing of a non-Kashmiri worker in as many days this week in the Valley.
On Wednesday, terrorists shot dead a migrant labourer from Chhattisgarh in Kakpora area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The civilian, identified as Sethi Kumar Sagar, was working in a brick kiln. Sagar was called out by the militants and shot multiple times from a close range, police said.
A truck driver from Rajasthan was killed by terrorists in Shopian on October 14.
The killings come as Kashmir is still in the recovering phase of the clampdown that was imposed just ahead of abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5.
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.