New Delhi: In yet another shocking incident in four hours time, a truck driver, who was loading apples into his vehicle, was killed by suspected terrorists in Anantnag area of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. In two weeks time, this becomes the fourth attack on truck drivers in the valley.
The incident happened when terrorists fired on the civilian in Bijbehara area, news agency ANI reported.
Narayan Dutt, a resident of Katra in Udhampur district, is the fourth truck driver to be killed by militants since August 5 when the Centre revoked Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under.
At around 5 pm in the evening on Monday, at least 20 civilians were injured as suspected terrorists hurled grenade near a bus stop in Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir.
As per updates from PTI, of the twenty injured, six were seriously injured and has been referred to a hospital in Srinagar. The others are undergoing treatment at a local hospital.
The development comes ahead of the visit of members of the European Union Parliament to Kashmir on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Jammu and Kashmir Police asked truck drivers and labourers to leave Shopian. As per reports, authorities have also stopped truck drivers, from the Mughal road to enter Shopian district.
Apart from this, police also notified safe places for the truck drivers who are coming to Kashmir to ferry apples.
On October 24, two people were killed and one was left injured when militants opened fire at two trucks near Chitragam of Shopian. Prior to that incident, an apple trader from Punjab was also shot dead by militants in Shopian. The truck driver died while his assistant was injured.
Prior to this, a brick kiln worker from Chhattisgarh was killed on October 16. Sethi Kumar Sagar was shot dead by terrorists at Nihama area near Kakpora railway station.
In yet another incident, two terrorists, including a suspected Pakistani national, killed an apple truck driver from Rajasthan at Shirmal village of Shopian. The trucker was driving an apple-laden truck and had come to one orchard to collect the consignment.
Importantly, the incidents of targeting non-Kashmiri workers in the valley is rising after the post-paid mobile services were restored in Valley, nearly 72 days after the communication was snapped, following the Central government’s decision to abrogate Article 370.