Suspected militants on Saturday evening shot at and injured two migrant workers in south Kashmir. Police said both the injured were natives of Bihar and their condition was stated to be stable.
The incident happened at Ratnipora village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama. Police said the injured labourers, identified as Shamshad Sheikh and Faizan Qadri, were immediately rushed to a hospital.
“Terrorists fired upon and injured two labourers at Kharpora Ratnipora in Pulwama. They have been shifted to hospital where their condition is stated to be stable,” J-K Police tweeted.
In April this year, militants carried out a series of attacks on non-local labourers, injuring at least six of them in Pulwama. The attacks had created fear among the labourers from outside the state, forcing many of them to shift out of Pulwama.
Targeted attacks on the members of minority community in the Valley claimed five lives, including those of a teacher, a banker and a revenue official. The killings led to massive protests from the minority community employees recruited under the Prime Minister Relief and Rehabilitation Scheme for the Kashmiri Pandits. Following the attacks, J&K government beefed up security across the Valley and shifted the vulnerable non-local and minority community employees to safer places.