A Kashmiri Pandit shot dead
Terror hovering again above the Kashmiri pandits on the valley.
Another targeted killing in Jammu and Kashmir had happened today and one Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead while his brother severely injured at Chotigam in Shopian.
The deceased was identified as Sunil Kumar and his injured brother as Pintu Kumar, the police said. Pintu Kumar was shifted to a hospital, the police added.
“Terrorists fired upon civilians in an apple orchard in Chotipora area of Shopian. One person died and another was injured. Both belong to minority community. Injured person has been shifted to hospital. The whole area has been cordoned off. Further details shall follow,” tweeted J&K’s Kashmir Zone Police.
Terrorists have stepped up attacks in the Kashmir valley over the past week. A policeman was killed in Nowhatta on Sunday and a migrant labourer in Bandipora last week.
Two grenade attacks took place in Budgam and Srinagar districts on Monday.
The former chief minister and National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah called the killing of Kumar “sad news”.
“Terribly sad news from South Kashmir today. An accident & a militant attack have left a trail of death & suffering. I condemn the militant attack in Shopian unequivocally in which Sunil Kumar was killed & Pinto Kumar injured. My condolences to the family,” Omar tweeted,
In May this year, Rahul Bhat, a state government employee, was gunned down by terrorists inside the Tehsil office in Chadoora town in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Bhat had got the job of a clerk under the special employment package for migrants in 20120-11.
Last week, a migrant labourer from Bihar was shot dead in the Sumbal town of Bandipora district. A labourer also from Bihar was killed and two others injured in a grenade attack at Pulwama’s Gadoora on August 4.
At least 25 people, including four non-local residents, have lost their lives in targeted killings this year.