Srinagar: Scores of non-local labourers have started moving back to their native places from Srinagar and other major locations of Kashmir following fresh strikes being carried out on workers from outsiders in Srinagar and south Kashmir since past two days. As many as five civilians (non-local labourers), mostly from Bihar, have been killed in the targeted attacks by the terrorists in the Kashmir region.
On Saturday evening, two non-locals, a street vendor in Srinagar city and another a carpenter in Pulwama were shot dead in a separate hit and run incident. Barely after 24 hours, two labourers from Bihar were killed by Militants, taking the number of civilians killed in targeted attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in October to 11.
Police officials said, “Militants opened indiscriminate fire upon three non-local labourers in Wanpoh village of Kulgam District in South Kashmir leaving them in a pool of blood. All of them were shifted to the hospital, where two succumbed to their injuries while one is undergoing medical attention.”
Those gunned down by the militants in the last 10 days in the valley include Makhan Lal Bindroo, a prominent member of the Kashmiri Pandit community and owner of a Noted pharmacy in Srinagar, Mohammad Shafi Lone, a taxi driver, teachers Deepak Chand and Supunder Kaur and a street food vendor Virender Paswan.
Following these spates of civilian killings, fear wave runs across non-local labourers in Kashmir. Many of them have started vacating Kashmir and have decided to move back to their homes.
Frightened labourers said that they are not safe in Kashmir after series of target killings, hence it led them to go back to their homeland. Many of them have been provided safe and secure places to live by the police and the administration.