Updated: April 14, 2022 7:16:55 am
In the latest incident of migrant workers and settlers being targeted in the Kashmir valley, suspected militants shot dead a civilian in Kulgam district on Wednesday.
J&K Police identified the victim as Satish Kumar Singh, who was shot outside his home in Kakran village and succumbed to injuries in hospital. Singh worked as a driver and belonged to the Rajput community that had settled in areas bordering Kulgam and Shopian from Punjab about 70 years ago.
Wednesday’s killing comes nine days after suspected militants shot at and injured a Kashmiri Pandit in Shopian. Over the past three weeks, five other attacks were carried out targeting migrant workers in Pulwama, injuring seven of them — three from Punjab, three from Bihar and one from UP.
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Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, J&K Police posted: “Civilian Satish Kumar Singh, a resident of Kulgam, succumbed to his injuries at hospital. Terrorists involved in this gruesome terror crime will be neutralised soon. Search to track the involved terrorists in progress.”
J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah condemned the killing. Sinha posted on Twitter that “terrorists involved in this despicable act will be brought to justice soon”. Former chief minister Omar tweeted that “there can never be a justification for attacks like these”.
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