Last Update: May 30, 2023, 05:40 AM IST
A non-Muslim worker who had gone to the market to buy milk in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district was shot dead by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists on Monday.
He said the worker, identified as Deepu from Udhampur district of Jammu region, was working in a circus, which was camping in Janglat Mandi area, to whom security was provided. Circus people also had their own security.
Police said the victim had gone to a nearby market to buy milk when two motorcycle-borne youths fired three shots at him at around 8.30 pm.
He said the worker was taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.
ADGP Vijay Kumar was closely monitoring the situation and directed the district police to intensify their search to nab the killers at the earliest.
Kashmir Freedom Fighters, a little-known outfit believed to be a shadow outfit of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, claimed responsibility for the killing.
“Terrorists fired upon a civilian named Udhampur r/o Dipu who was working in a private circus fair at Amusement Park near Janglat Mandi in #Anantnag. He was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.
Police said that a case has been registered and investigation is on.
Former JK chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah expressed grief over Deepak’s killing.
“Anguished by the news of yet another targeted attack against a civilian in South Kashmir’s Anantnag area. The killing of Deepak, who worked in a circus to earn an honest living, is a despicable act and I strongly condemn this extremist attack. May Deepak’s soul rest in peace,” he said.
(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI,