Five West Bengal labourers killed in Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar : On the day when 27-member European Union delegation was visiting the valley, suspected militants abducted and killed at least five non-Kashmiri labourers in South Kashmir’s Kulgam on October 29 evening.
The incident happened at around 7pm, four kilometers away from the town headquarters. “Five labourers putting up in Katrussu area have been found shot dead. One injured has been shifted to a Srinagar hospital. The circumstances in which they were killed is being ascertained,” Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam, Showkat Ajaz, told The Hindu.
The report mentioned that a heavily armed man entered their rented apartment and asked them to follow his directions. “They were later shot dead in a nearby area,” said a police officer.
Out of the five laboureres, one was critically injured and was shifted to a nearby hospital. “He has bullet injuries in the lower limbs and in the arms,” according to the hospital officials.
The victims have been identified as Kamru-ud-Din, Mursleen Sheikh, Rafiq ul Sheikh, Rafiq Sheikh and Sadiq-ul-Sheikh and Nayeem-ud-Din Sheikh, all residents of West Bengal.
Since August 5, when the government nullified Article 370 of Indian Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir, a total of eleven non-locals have been killed in similar incidents.
On October 28, a truck driver was killed near Kanalwan Fruit Mandi in Bijbehara area. “One of the three suspected militants was also hit by a bullet fired by his companions. His body was found from Gadseergam on Tuesday (October 29) morning,” police said.
A mask and a Pheran, traditional long woolen robe worn during winters in the Valley, was also recovered from the spot. “The dead body of the suspected militant was sent for a medico-legal formalities. A manhunt is on to arrest the others,” said the police.