Another Truck Driver Shot Dead In South Kashmir


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SRINAGAR – A truck driver was killed on Monday in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said, a day before a delegation of European Union MPs visits the Valley.

Narayan Dutt, a resident of Katra in Udhampur district, is the fourth truck driver to be killed since August 5 when the Centre abrogated Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and split the state into two Union Territories.

Sources said that Dutt was fired upon by the gunmen in the evening in the Kanilwan area of Bijbehara in the south Kashmir district leading to his death on the spot.

A senior police official, who was nearby, rushed to the spot and managed to save two other truck drivers who were in the vicinity, police said.

The area has been cordoned off and a hunt launched to nab the attackers, they said.

The attack comes a day before the visit by the delegation of 27 European Union MPs to the state.

Dutt’s killing follows a series of attacks on truck drivers and non-locals.

On October 24, two non-Kashmiri truck drivers were killed in Shopian district when they had gone to ferry loads of apples.

On October 14, the driver of a truck having Rajasthan registration number was shot dead. The driver was identified as Sharief Khan.

Two days later, Punjab-based apple trader Charanjeet Singh was killed and Sanjeev injured when gunmen attacked them in Shopian district.

The same day, a brick kiln worker from Chhattisgarh was shot dead by gunmen in Pulwama district.

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