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UP labourer shot dead by terrorists in Pulwama

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  • LG, political leaders denounce labourer’s killing 

Srinagar: A migrant labourer hailing from Uttar Pradesh was shot dead in Pulwama district Monday, officials said.

The incident took place at Tumchi Nowpora of Pulwama district in south Kashmir when the labourer, Mukesh Kumar, was in the market to buy some vegetables, they said.

This incident came less than 24 hours after a terrorist of banned Lashkar-e-Taiba shot and critically wounded police inspector Masroor Ahmed Wani in downtown Srinagar on Sunday when he was playing cricket.

Kumar, who was engaged with the weaving industry, succumbed to injuries at the hospital, the officials said.

Talking to PTI video, another labourer from Uttar Pradesh, who was sharing a room with the deceased, said that they heard the gun shot but came to know about the killing only after they were asked to identify the deceased.

Several non-local labourers have been working in the Kashmir valley for long as carpenters, masons, plumbers, and in brick kilns as well as in the weaving industry.

The attacks on migrant workers have seen an increase. Monday’s attack was the third such attack this year. A circus employee was killed by the terrorists in May this year in Anantnag district followed by gunning down and injuring three labourers from Bihar in Shopian district in July.

Security has been beefed up across Kashmir valley, especially in Srinagar and South Kashmir areas, following the two terror attacks, the officials said.

The security forces have intensified the checking of vehicles and pedestrians in several parts of Srinagar city and other towns, especially in the south Kashmir district of Pulwama, they said.

Mobile vehicle checkpoints have been established at all major intersections in Srinagar as well as at the city’s exit points, they added.

Meanwhile, the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has condoled the killing of a migrant labourer in a terrorist attack in Pulwama.

In a message, the LG said the killing of innocent civilian Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, will not go unpunished.

“I strongly condemn the despicable and cowardly terrorist attack in Pulwama. Heartfelt condolences to the family of Mukesh Kumar. We are firmly resolved to eliminate the terrorist menace that continues to receive encouragement and reinforcement from across the border,” the LG said.

Several political leaders have also condemned the attack on the police officer yesterday and the labourer today.

National Conference vice-president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah condemned both incidents and questioned the claims made by the Jammu and Kashmir administration about normalcy in the Union territory.

“The news from Pulwama is not good as we lost an innocent man to senseless killing. Yesterday’s incident of shooting and critically injuring a police inspector was a sad incident. My prayers are with him for a speedy recovery.

“However, having said that, one needs to ask the administration about their claims of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir. Everyday something happens. Even Rajouri (in Jammu region) which was terrorism free, sees an encounter every now and then,” he said.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the killing of the labourer, saying it was “heartbreaking”.

“Migrant workers leave their families to earn their livelihood. To see them being targeted is heartbreaking. Condemn the killing of a labourer in Pulwama today. Deepest condolence to his family,” Mufti posted on X.

People’s Conference leader Sajad Gani Lone, while condemning the attacks, said the scourge of violence is back.

“The scourge of violence is back again. Senseless brutal attack on a police officer yesterday and the killing of a labourer in Pulwama today is indicative of the desperation of these brutal thugs,” Lone posted on X.

Apni Party leader Altaf Bukahri said in a post on X, “Deeply aggrieved by the killing of an innocent non-local in Pulwama district. The killing is absolutely senseless and won’t serve any purpose to anyone. Hope the authorities nab the culprits very soon to make them pay for their act.”

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