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2 drivers shot dead by militants in Kashmir’s Shopian

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Wahid Bhat | Srinagar

Two truck drivers had come to transport apples in Shopian district of south Kashmir area were both the truck drivers shot dead by militants on Thursday evening and their truck was set on fire. Another truck driver was critically injured in the attack.

The latest attack comes a week after an apple trader was shot dead by militants in same district last week, which was the third such killing in three days in the Kashmir valley. Militants had killed a labourer and a man from Rajasthan who was driving a truck from an orchard.

Police say the terrorists are acting in desperation as transportation of fruit has picked up in Kashmir valley.

One of the victims has been identified as Mohmmed Illiyas, a resident of Alwar in Rajasthan, while the injured has been identified as Jeevan from Hoshiarpur in Punjab. The identity of the other victim is being ascertained.

Various Media reports said that the militants have been targeting labourers, who have come to Jammu and Kashmir from outside the state, to create fear among them and disrupt trade.

Monday’s killing of the man from Rajasthan who was driving a truck from an orchard was carried out by terrorists in desperation as transportation of fruit has picked up in Kashmir valley, the police said.

Last week, seven people were injured in Kashmir’s Srinagar after a grenade attack by terrorists in a market area. The attack had come days after terrorists had thrown a grenade in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, injuring 14.

Post-paid mobile communication that was blocked since August 5, when the centre announced its two big decisions – the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and the state’s bifurcation into two union territories – was restored in the state last week after over 72 days.

After post-paid mobile connections were restored, businesses have started trading in Kashmir valley despite threats from militants, who have targeted migrant workers like truck drivers and orchard workers to discourage them from showing signs of normalcy

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