New Delhi: In yet another shocking incident in two hours time, five non-local workers were on Tuesday evening shot dead by terrorists in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Following the incident, police have cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to nab the suspected terrorists. The said workers were from West Bengal. One civilian is critically injured in the attack.

This is the second incident of the day where frustrated terrorists are targeting school children and non-locals to fall victim to their nefarious plans.

 

The development comes hours after suspected terrorists fired on a CRPF deployment posted at a school in Drabgam, Pulwama district. According to updates from news agencies, some 6-7 rounds were fired at the school which was being used as an examination centre.

Latest reports suggested that five students were trapped inside the school. The CRPF and local police were deployed to guard the exam centre. However, no injury or loss of life was reported from the incident.

The incidents of killing non-local workers come on a day when a 28-member delegation of the European Union (EU) Parliament is visiting Kashmir to assess the ground situation in the Valley amid global concerns over the abrogation of the contentious Article 370.

On October 28, a truck driver, who was loading apples into his vehicle, was killed by suspected terrorists in Anantnag area of Jammu and Kashmir. In two weeks time, this was 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, was 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.

At around 5 pm in the evening on October 28, at least 20 civilians were injured as suspected terrorists hurled grenade near a bus stop in Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir.

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.

Notably, the incidents of targeting non-Kashmiri workers in the valley are 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.