October 2019 News

Punjab Apple Trader, Migrant Labourer Shot Dead In Valley

16 October 2019
Times of India
M Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: An apple trader from Punjab and a brick kiln worker from Chhattisgarh were shot dead in separate attacks by terrorists in J&K on Wednesday, taking the number of civilian killings to three in as many days and sending a frisson of alarm that resulted in a procession of outstation trucks fleeing the Valley without picking up their fruit consignments. The latest victims in the resurgence of terror attacks since Monday were Punjab-based Charanjeet Singh, who was killed during a business trip to Trenz in Shopian district, and Sethi Kumar Sagar, a resident of Besoli in Chhattisgarh employed in a brick kiln in Pulwama. Sanjeev Singh, who was accompanying Charanjeet, was critically injured in the attack. DGP Dilbagh Singh said the brick kiln worker from Chhattisgarh slain in the day's first attack was walking down a road with another civilian when two terrorists singled him out and sprayed bullets that killed him instantly. The attack took place near Kakapora railway station in Pulwama. On Monday, a truck driver from Rajasthan had been killed by terrorists at Shirmal village of Shopian district. The attackers, one of them suspected to be from Pakistan, also set the vehicle ablaze. Fruit growers in south Kashmir said the back-to-back killings within 72 hours had scared away drivers of trucks that were to carry fruit from their orchards to various parts of the country. Anand Kumar, a truck driver from Kota in Rajasthan, was among the truckers on their way out of the Valley even before news of the third killing came in. 'I am leaving Kashmir right now. No job is more important than one's life,' he told TOI in Shopian.