A Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead today at an apple orchard in the Shopian district. According to the police, his brother was injured in the firing
The deceased was identified as Sunil Kumar and the injured as Pintu Kumar by a police official.
“In the Chotipora area of #Shopian, terrorists opened fire on civilians in an apple orchard. One person died and one injured. Both belong to minority community. Person with the injury has been taken to the hospital. Further information will be provided, “said a police official.
Over the past week, militants have increased their strikes in the Kashmir valley. A migrant worker was killed in Bandipora last week, while a police officer was killed in Nowhatta on Sunday. On Monday, there were two grenade attacks in the Budgam and Srinagar areas.
Since October of last year, a series of targeted killings have occurred in Kashmir. Migrant labourers and Kashmiri Pandits made up a large portion of the victims.
Seven civilians were killed in five days in October, including two migrant Hindus, a Sikh, and a Kashmiri Pandit. Many Kashmiri Pandit families left their homes in the Valley.
Rahul Bhat, 36, a Kashmiri Pandit who earned a government position as part of a package for the community that was compelled to abandon the Valley during the wave of militancy in the 1990s, was shot and killed by terrorists in Budgam’s tehsildar’s office in May.