New Delhi: In another instance of targeted civilian killing, a non-native hawker in Srinagar was shot dead by terrorists on Saturday. Identified as Arbind Kumar Sah from Bihar, the victim was a gol-gappa seller. Meanwhile, in Pulwama, another non-resident, identified as Sagir Ahmad of Uttar Pradesh, succumbed to his injuries after being attacked.
“A non-local vendor, Arbind Kumar, was killed by terrorists in Eidgah area of Srinagar,” news agency ANI quoted senior police officer Kashmir Vijay Kumar.
With these deaths, the count of civilian killings reached nine in the past two weeks in Jammu and Kashmir. Prior to this, two government school teachers were killed in separate attacks in Srinagar on October 7.
On October 5, three people, including a prominent chemist, were slain in Srinagar and Bandipora. Earlier, on October 2, two civilians were shot dead in separate incidents in Srinagar.
Reacting to Saturday’s incident, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said, “Strongly condemn the killing of street vendor Arvind Kumar in a terror attack in Srinagar today. This is yet another case of a civilian being targeted like this. All Arvind Kumar did was come to Srinagar in search of earning opportunities & it’s reprehensible that he was murdered.”
Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone said, “This is pure terror. Yet again a non-local vendor shot and killed in Idgah. What a shame. How cowardly can it get.”