Terrorists on Tuesday (October 29) shot dead five migrant labourers in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said. They added that another labourer was critically injured in the attack.
According to the police, all the victims hailed from West Bengal’s Murshidabad district. Following the attack, the area was cordoned off and security forces launched a search operations, reports said. Meanwhile, additional troops were also called in.
It may be noted that the terrorist attack happened on a day when a delegation of 23 European Union (EU) MPs visited Kashmir to assess the situation in the state in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370.
Since the Centre’s August 5 move, terrorists have been targeting truckers and labourers, mainly who have come to the Valley from outside Kashmir.
On Monday, a trucker from Udhampur district was killed by militants in Anantnag, police said. This was the fourth truck driver to be killed by militants since August 5.
On October 24, terrorists killed two non-Kashmiri truck drivers in 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 Shopian district. The driver was identified as Sharief Khan.
Two days later, Punjab-based apple trader Charanjeet Singh was killed and Sanjeev injured when terrorists attacked them in Shopian district. The same day, a brick kiln worker from Chhattisgarh was shot dead by militants in Pulwama district.
(With inputs from agencies)