Kolkata: Condoling the death of five workers from West Bengal who were murdered by terrorists in Kashmir, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday asked the Centre to find out ‘the real truth’ and demanded a strong investigation in the matter.
Banerjee also said she had tasked a senior Bengal police officer named Sanjay Singh to find out details about the brutal killing. Expressing shock and grief over the killings, Mamata said that TMC party lawmakers in parliament and the state assembly had reached Murshidabad to meet the family members of the victims.
She also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the victim’s family and promised all assistance to them. Earlier in the day, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had termed the killings as a “cowardly act” and sought help from the government for the bereaved families.
On Tuesday, five labourers, hailing from West Bengal were killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district. They have been identified as Qamar ud din Sheikh, Mursaleen Sheikh, Rafeeq Sheikh, Nayeem ul Sheikh and Rafiq Sheikh, all from Sagardighi in Murshidabad.
Meanwhile, another labourer critically injured in the attack in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district has succumbed to his injuries, taking the death toll in the incident to six.
The attack happened on a day a delegation of parliamentarians from the European Union visited Kashmir to talk to locals about their experience after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir in August.
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.
Since the Centre’s decision on Article 370 and the accompanying clampdown, militants have been targeting non-local fruit traders, truckers and labourers.