A migrant labourer from Chhattisgarh was shot dead on Wednesday by terrorists in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, the second such incident within three days, police said. Sethi Kumar Sagar, a resident of Besoli area of Chhattisgarh, was a brick kiln worker. He was walking with another civilian when two terrorists shot at him at Nihama area near Kakpora railway station, Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said. "We have fanned out teams in various parts to nab the killers," he said, adding eyewitnesses said that there were two militants.
This is the second incident of targeting non-Kashmiri workers in the valley since Monday. Two terrorists, including a suspected Pakistani national, shot dead a truck driver from Rajasthan at Shirmal village of Shopian district in south Kashmir on Monday.
Return Of Normalcy In Kashmir Still A Distant Dream
Meanwhile, Normal life continued to be affected in Kashmir for the 73rd consecutive day on Wednesday since the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution as the main market continued to be shut and most of the public transport stayed off the roads, officials said.
Private transport was seen plying unhindered in the city and elsewhere in the valley, they said. Auto-rickshaws and a few inter-district cabs were also seen plying in few areas of Kashmir but the other modes of public transport remained off the roads. The main market and other business establishments remained shut.
In some areas, including the commercial hub of Lal Chowk, shops opened for few hours early in the morning, they said. Few vendors had also set up stalls on the TRC Chowk-Polo View road, the officials said. Schools and colleges were open but the students stayed away as parents continued to keep their wards at home due to apprehensions about their safety, they said.
Mobile services were restored in Kashmir on Monday but the SMS facility was snapped once again hours later. Internet services across all platforms continued to be snapped in the valley, the officials said.