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‘Leave Shopian’, Police to Non-local after 5 deaths in 4 militants attacks

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Wahid Bhat | Srinagar

Days after five non-local people were killed in multiple militant attacks in the Kashmir valley’s Shopian district within last 10 days, police have asked non-local truck drivers and non-local labourers to leave Shopian district as soon as possible.

Speaking to Top Official said that for the safety of Non-local truck driver Police have issued a notice that truck driver and Labourers should leave Shopian district.

Reports claimed that the authorities have also stopped truck drivers, from the Mughal road to enter Shopian district.

Besides, the police have also notified safe spots for them (Truck drivers) coming to Kashmir to ferry apples.

Earlier on October 24, the day when the Jammu and Kashmir went to polls for the Block Development Council (BDC), two people were killed and one was left injured when militants opened fire at two trucks near Chitragam of Shopian. Prior to that incident, an apple trader from Punjab was shot dead by militants in Shopian. The truck driver died while his assistant was injured.

On October 16, Sethi Kumar Sagar, a brick kiln worker and resident of Besoli area of Chhattisgarh, was shot dead by terrorists at Nihama area near Kakpora railway station. “We have fanned out teams in various parts to nab the killers,” Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said.

Terming the killing of truckers as an attack on the economy and livelihood of people, DGP said on Saturday.”Damaging a tower is an attempt to damage the necessary infrastructure linked to water and electricity supplies that benefit the people so that they are in convenienced,” Dilbagh Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function of the Border Security.

In another incident, prior to this, two militants, including a suspected Pakistani national, killed an apple truck driver from Rajasthan at Shirmal village of Shopian. The trucker was driving an apple-laden truck and had come to one orchard to collect the consignment.

Notably, the incidents of targeting non-Kashmiri workers in the valley is rising after the post-paid mobile services were restored in Valley, nearly 72 days after the communication was snapped, following the Central government’s decision to abrogate Article 370.

Reacting over these killings, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat asserted that these attacks are an attempt to disrupt resumption of normalcy in Kashmir.

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