Srinagar, Oct 29: Tragedy struck south Kashmir yet again when five non-local labourers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kulgam district late Tuesday – the sixth such incident so far this month.
The incident happened a day after a trucker was killed in Anantnag.
Police sources told The Kashmir Monitor that six non-local labourers of West Bengal were shot at in their rented accommodation in Katrusu village of Kulgam.
Five of them died on the spot while another was shifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition, the sources said.
“In Kulgam terrorists have killed five civilians. Police is on the spot. Information is preliminary in nature,” Jammu and Kashmir Police tweeted late Tuesday.
A senior police official said they have cordoned the area.
“Police is on job and a manhunt has been launched to nab the culprits,” he said.
While the official identity of the slain was not ascertained, sources identified three of the slain as Qamraduddin, Mursaleen, and Rafiq, while the injured was identified as Zahooruddin.
All the slain were working as masons in the area.
The tragic incident coincided with the visit of the European Union parliamentarians, who met some delegations during the day.
Tuesday’s was the sixth such incident when unknown gunmen have attacked non Kashmiris in this month so far.
Earlier, six people including five truckers, a fruit trader have already been killed in these incidents.
With Tuesday’s incident, the toll of the non-local casualties has risen to 11.