Five migrant labourers were killed by armed terrorists in Kashmir on Tuesday and intel sources believe Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed could be responsible for the brutal attack. Another labourer was left critically injured in the firing.
Five migrant labourers from West Bengal were shot dead by terrorists in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Tuesday.
All the victims hailed from Murshidabad district of West Bengal, the police said.
The attack happened on a day a delegation of parliamentarians from the European Union was visiting Kashmir to talk to locals and observe the situation in the Valley three months since the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution in August.
The killings have invited widespread condemnation from the Centre and opposition parties with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanding a thorough investigation.
Jammu and Kashmir Congress expressed shock at the incident and called it a cowardly act.
Meanwhile, security has been further beefed up in Kashmir following the latest killings in Kulgam and the past incidents over the last few weeks.
Since the Centre’s decision on Article 370, terrorists have been targeting truckers and labourers, mainly who have come to the Valley from outside Kashmir.
On Monday, a trucker from Udhampur district was killed by militants in Anantnag. This was the fourth truck driver to be killed by militants since August 5.
On October 24, terrorists killed two non-Kashmiri truck drivers in Shopian district.
On October 14, two terrorists, including a suspected Pakistani national, shot dead the driver of a truck having Rajasthan registration number and assaulted an orchard owner in Shopian district. The driver was identified as Sharief Khan.