At least two civilians were killed in a firing incident reported at Old Srinagar City's Eid Gah area on Saturday. Reportedly, two non-locals have lost their lives at the hands of suspected militants. According to reports, the deceased, Arbind Kumar Sah, hailed from Bihar, and Sagir Ahmad hailed from Uttar Pradesh and were local vendors in Old Srinagar City. The army has started a search operation for the suspected militants.
The suspected terrorists fired on two local vendors, the Kashmir Zone Police said. "Non-Local labourer Shri Sagir Ahmad of Saharanpur, UP who was critically injured in a terror attack in Pulwama, also succumbed to his injuries. Search operations are in progress. Further details shall follow", the police tweeted.
This is the ninth civilian to have lost his life at the hands of terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, in over less than a month.
Kumar's killing comes on a day when police claimed to have gunned down three militants in a span of 24 hours who were involved in last week's killings of members of minority communities in Srinagar.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, and PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing. Abdullah tweeted, "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".
"An innocent civilian on his way home to his wife & kids,a non local street vendor eking out a living or troops in Poonch.None of these people deserved to die. One wonders what will it take for GOI to realise that its policies have been a monumental failure in J&K & at what cost?", Mehbooba tweeted.
Earlier, two government school teachers, including a woman, were shot dead by terrorists in the Eidgah area of Srinagar on Thursday. Terrorists fired from close range at two teachers in a government higher secondary school here. Both the teachers died on the spot.
According to police, at about 11:15 am, terrorists shot dead two school teachers. The area has been cordoned off and a hunt has been launched to nail the attackers.
"Two teachers killed in a terrorist attack at a government school in the Iddgah Sangam area of Srinagar," the Jammu and Kashmir Police said in a statement.
Reports say that the slain teachers are the principal of the school, Supinder Kaur and a Kashmiri Pandit teacher, Deepak Chand. Today's killings come two days after the terrorists shot a local Pandit, ML Bindroo, a non-local vendor and a taxi driver in Kashmir.