Srinagar, Aug 13: Militants abducted and killed a civilian in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, ANI reported on Monday. Police said that militants barged into the house of Gulzar Bhat and abducted him.  He is a resident of Murran village. The incident happened on Sunday.

Later, police recovered his bullet-riddled body from nearby fields. “Initial investigation suggested that the Zahoor Thokar and Showkat Dar-led group of proscribed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen are involved in the killing,” the officer said.

Last month, a J&K Police Special Police Officer (SPO) had been abducted by terrorists in Pulwama district’s Tral region. Reports had claimed that the militants kidnapped the police officer Shakeel Ahmad Lone while he was visiting one of his relatives in the region.

The incident comes days after constable Saleem Khan was abducted from his residence in the Mutalhama area of Kulgam district in south Kashmir. Security forces had launched a manhunt to find the terrorists but ended up finding the bullet-ridden body of the policeman whom the terrorists had tortured and killed.

An Army jawan Aurangzeb was also abducted and killed by terrorists in Pulwama while on his way back home to celebrate Eid with his family. After his abduction, the Jammu and Kashmir Police had launched a massive manhunt. Hours later, his bullet-riddled body was found in the outskirts of Pulwama.

On April 2, four Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists had barged into a house at Hajin in Bandipora and attacked the family members of one Farooq Ahmad Parray. The terrorists opened fire and abducted Parray’s son-in-law Naseer Sheikh. Naseer was later found dead with torture marks and two bullet wounds on his body.

In total, the valley has witnessed the killings of over 55 militants and the deaths of 27 locals this year. The situation in Kashmir is considered to be turbulent as nearly 80 incidents of violence occurred there in the last four months. Civilians were often seen thronging to encounter sites to stage protests with the intention of giving the militants an opportunity to escape.