SRINAGAR – Five migrant labourers from West Bengal were shot dead and another critically injured in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Tuesday, police said.
All the victims hailed from Murshidabad district of West Bengal, the police said.
The police identified the deceased as Mursaleen Sheikh, Qamar ud din Sheikh, Rafeeq Sheikh, Najam ud din Sheikh, Rafiq ul Sheikh and injured person as Zahoor ud din.
The injured labourer is recovering from his injuries at a hospital in Srinagar, police said.
The attack happened on a day a delegation of parliamentarians from the European Union is visiting Kashmir to talk to locals and ask them about their experience after the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution in August.
Since the Centre’s decision on Article 370, truckers and labourers, mainly who have come to the Valley from outside Kashmir have been targetted by gunmen.
On Monday, a trucker from Udhampur district was killed in Anantnag, police said. This was the fourth truck driver to be killed since August 5.
On October 24, two non-Kashmiri truck drivers in Shopian district were killed.
On October 14, the driver of a truck having Rajasthan registration number was shot dead in Shopian district. The driver was identified as Sharief Khan.
Two days later, Punjab-based apple trader Charanjeet Singh was killed and Sanjeev injured in Shopian district.
The same day, a brick kiln worker from Chhattisgarh was shot dead in Pulwama district.
Militants fire on CRPF bunker
Militant attacked a bullet-proof CRPF post in Pulwama near here on Tuesday but there were no casualties, said officials.
The paramilitary force officials said the militants fired multiple gun shots at a bunker of the 72nd battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force at about 3:30 pm in the Drapgam area of Rajpora in Pulwama.
At least six to eight bullets were fired by unidentified terrorists at the CRPF post with the personnel deployed on law and order duty in the area, they said.
The CRPF troop too opened fire in retaliation, they said, adding no casualties have been reported on the either side.
A search operation has been launched in the area after additional forces arrived, a senior official said.
Immediately after the attack, the local police, depending upon the initial reports however, had described the terror strike as one on an Army patrolling team.