Terrorists targetted three more non-Kashmiris on Sunday in the Wanpoh area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam. Two of three victims died on the spot while the third is battling for his life at the Government Medical College in Anantnag.
The deceased have been identified as Raja Reshi Dev and Joginder Reshi Dev, hailing from Bihar. The injured labourer was identified as Chun Chun Reshi Dev.
According to eyewitnesses, terrorists fired indiscriminately upon the three labourers.
Following the shooting, local police and security forces cordoned off the area.
The attack comes just a day after terrorists shot dead another street vendor from Bihar, identified as Arvind Kumar. A labourer from Uttar Pradesh, Sagir Ahmad, was killed in Pulwama.
The Kashmir Valley has witnessed a spate of attacks on non-locals and non-Muslims. Last week, the Sikh-origin principal and a teacher were shot dead in the Government Boys Higher Secondary School premises in Eidgah locality. Early October, Makhan Lal Bindroo, a Kashmiri Pandit who was a well-known pharmacist, was shot dead by terrorists.
Following the recent killings of civilians, the Centre had rushed in counter-terrorism experts to the Valley to contain the terrorists. Terrorists have so far killed over 30 civilians in the Union Territory this year.
Following the string of civilian killings, security forces undertook a major crackdown on the terror ecosystem. The J&K police detained over 500 alleged overground workers associated with terrorist organisations like the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.
The killings have drawn sharp responses from political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir.
Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condemned the “cowardly” attacks and termed the killings as pure terror.
Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu condemned the killing in the strongest of terms.
Condemning the terror attack in Kulgam, he termed the killings as “madness, senseless and barbaric”.