Another Targetted Attack In Kashmir’s Kulgam, Man Shot Dead By Terrorists


Last week, a Kashmiri Pandit was shot at and injured in Shopian district. (Representational)

Sinagar:

Terrorists killed a man in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir today in what appeared yet another instance of targeted attack. Satish Kumar Singh,ย  a driver by profession, was shot in Kulgam’s Kakran village. He was critically injured and shifted to a local hospital but succumbed to his injuries on the way, the police said.

Officials said he was shot in the head from a point-blank range. He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

“Civilian Satesh 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,” the Kashmir Police tweeted..

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condemned the killing.

“I unequivocally condemn the attack on Satish Kumar Singh in which he lost his life. There can never be a justification for attacks like these. May his soul rest in peace & may his family find strength during this difficult time” Mr Abdullah tweeted.

Today’s attack is the latest in a series of targetted attacks on migrant workers and local minorities that has been sweeping the Kashmir over the last seven months.

The targeted killings had started in October, the victims being mostly migrants from outside Jammu and Kashmir who came in search of jobs and indigenous Kashmiri pandits.

In October, seven civilians were killed in five days — among them a Kashmiri Pandit, a Sikh and two non-local Hindus.

Shortly after, Sheikhpora – home to the minority Kashmiri Pandit community — started resembling a ghost town with most families moving out.

Last week, a Kashmiri Pandit was shot at and injured in Shopian district. Earlier five non- local labourers were shot at and injured by terrorists.

Security forces have intensified their operations and launched a major crackdown on alleged separatist supporters.

The matter had political repercussions with the oppositionย  Congress accusing the BJP-led Centre of failing to protect the people.

“The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is getting worse with every passing day and both Kashmir and Kashmiriyat are in danger. No one knows where the BJP, which has been doing politics in the name of Kashmir for years, is missing nowadays,” the Congress had tweeted.

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