SRINAGAR – A Punjab-based apple trader and a non-local labourer were killed in two separate militant attacks in Shopian and Pulwama districts of South Kashmir on Wednesday, police said.
Two persons, Charanjeet Singh and Sanjeev, both traders, were shot at Trenz by 3-4 militants around 7.30 pm, 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, they said. This is third such incident in as many days in the Valley.
Earlier in the day, a migrant labourer from Chhattisgarh was shot dead in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, the second such incident within three days, police said.
Sethi Kumar Sagar, a resident of Besoli area of Chhattisgarh, was a brick kiln worker.
“He was walking with another civilian when two militants shot at him at Nihama area near Kakpora railway station,” Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said.
“We have fanned out teams in various parts to nab the killers,” he said.
Later, police in a statement said a case—FIR number 75/2019 under relevant sections of law has been registered. “The investigation is in progress.”
On Monday, a man from Rajasthan who was driving a truck from an orchard was shot dead. Police say the militants are acting in desperation as transportation of fruit has picked up in Kashmir valley.
Post-paid mobile communication that was blocked since August 5, when the centre announced its two big decisions – the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and the state’s bifurcation into two union territories – was restored.
Last week, seven people were injured in Kashmir’s Srinagar after a grenade attack in Hari Singh Street market here. The attack had come days after militates had thrown a grenade in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, injuring 14.