A truck driver was shot dead by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag on Monday night, ahead of a visit by EU parliamentarians to the valley.
The driver, identified as Narayan Dutt, lived in Reasi. This is the fourth attack in a week in the Kashmir Valley.
Last Thursday, drivers of two apple-laden trucks were shot dead when terrorists attacked a convoy of trucks in South Kashmir’s Shopian district. The trucks, heading for fruit markets elsewhere in the country, were set on fire before the terrorists escaped from the spot.
Meanwhile, the dead body of the suspected terrorist, involved in the shooting of truck driver Narayan Dutt of Katra, was recovered in search operations by security forces in Anantnag. He was also responsible for the attack on two drivers of apple-laden trucks.
Earlier this month, three non-Kashmiri workers were killed by terrorists in the Valley.
A Punjab-based apple trader was killed by militants in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on October 16.
A day before, terrorists shot dead a migrant labourer from Chhattisgarh in Kakpora area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
A truck driver from Rajasthan was killed by terrorists in Shopian on October 14.
The attacks are part of Pakistan-backed terrorists’ gameplan to terrorise traders, including apple traders, from going about business, which the government has been boosting.
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.
Meanwhile, over 25 members of the European Parliament are visiting the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday – the first visit by an international delegation to the state. It comes two days ahead of the state’s formal bifurcation into two Union Territories.