Unidentified shooters shot dead five migrant workers in Indian-regulated Kashmir on Tuesday, police stated, in the bloodiest occurrence since New Delhi moved to strip the district of its self-governance.
The killings in southern Kulgam locale, some 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of Srinagar, came as India permitted a group of mostly far-right European Union parliamentarians to visit the district where tensions have taken off since New Delhi started a shutdown on August 5.
All the victims are from Murshidabad locale of West Bengal, the police said.
Their visit set off violence as incidents of hurling of stones and conflicts were seen in few areas in Srinagar including Chanpora, Rambagh, and Maisuma among others, leaving six individuals injured.
Shops and business stayed shut and even private vehicle was less because of increased strain.
Since the Center’s choice on Article 370, terrorists have been targeting truckers and workers, and mostly those who come to the Valley from outside Kashmir.
The assault is the 6th in a progression of occurrences targeting on non-occupants in south Kashmir, and the second in 24 hours.
The militants opened fire on CRPF faculty positioned at a school in Drabgam in the Pulwama region in the morning. No wounds were accounted for. The paramilitary authorities said the militants fired multiple gunshots on the mobile bunker of the 72nd contingent of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at about 3:30 pm when it was positioned in the Drubgam area of Rajpora in Pulwama region.
At least six to eight shots were fired by the militants at the CRPF post when the soldiers were stationed on law and order duty in the territory, they said.
The firing occurred near a school where class 10 board examination was in progress, but authorities said the school was not the target.
CRPF troops opened fire in counter, they stated, including that no casualties have been accounted for on either side.
On October 16, a migrant worker from Chhattisgarh was shot dead by terrorists in Pulwama locale of south Kashmir.
In a different occurrence, 19 people were injured after terrorists threw a grenade in Sopore town in north Kashmir. Unlike other incidents, where victims were not J&K inhabitants, the trucker hailed from the Katra district of Jammu.
Some more workers could be missing. The security forces have sealed off the area and a search operation is presently in progress, also additional security powers have been brought in.
The deceased workers were recognized as Sheik Kamrudin, Sheik M. Rafiq, Sheik Murnsulin, Sheik Nizam ud Din and Mohd Rafiq Sheik. The injured worker was Zahoor ud Din. He was a mason from Kulgam, as per police. “We have rushed a police party headed by the Deputy Inspector General of South Kashmir,” Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said, adding that various bodies have been found.
Authority said security workforce along with flying squad have been conveyed in few areas of the city and across the valley, particularly in South Kashmir. Random checking of vehicles and searching for individuals was being done as a part of the security drill.
No group has taken liability for the assault, however, police in the past have blamed terrorists for targeting on non-local people in a crusade supposedly planned for driving them from the district.
The security workforce was alert to foil any endeavors by hostile beings if they target non-local people or to disrupt the harmony in the valley.
Ordinary life stayed affected over the Kashmir valley for the 87th day on Wednesday following the repeal of Article 370.
Kashmir is partitioned among India and Pakistan, with most occupants demanding either freedom or a merger with Pakistan.
The locale has been in armed rebellion for the past 30 years, with New Delhi blaming Pakistan for preparing and equipping scores of militant groups active in the region.
Prior to stripping its self-governance, India sent a huge number of troops to join a 500,000-in strong force in the locale and forced a week-long security and communication lockdown.
Authorities also requested many tourists and Hindu pilgrims to leave and arranged flights to take them somewhere else.
But countless workers who relocate to Kashmir every summer were left on their own.
The authorities said markets stayed shut on Wednesday, while public vehicle stayed off the streets.
Roadside merchants, who had routinely set up their stalls over the recent months, likewise didn’t turn up for the second successive day on Wednesday, they said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday, 30 October, said that all assistance will be reached out to the families of the five labourers from Murshidabad region who were killed in terror attacks in Kashmir.
Depicting the killings as severe, Banerjee communicated her shock and distress over the occurrence.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened at the brutal killings in Kashmir. Five workers from Murshidabad lost their lives. Words will not take away the grief of the families of the deceased,” Banerjee tweeted.
“All help will be extended to the families in this tragic situation,” she included.