Anantnag, Oct 29 : A driver from Jammu was killed on the spot by unidentified gunmen at Kanilang in south Kashmir district of Anantnag and a bullet-riddled body was recovered on Tuesday, official sources said.
According to them, the incident took place on Monday night and the deceased was identified as Davinder Singh, a resident of Katra in Jammu. The gunmen managed to escape from the spot under the cover of darkness and a massive manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers, they further said.
Meanwhile, a bullet-riddled body of a person was also recovered, just 100 meters away from the site at which the truck driver was killed. ''The body has been taken away and investigation has been launched to ascertain the identity of the deceased,” they added.
This is the fifth attack on non-locals during the last over a fortnight and comes hours after 15 people were injured in a grenade attack in the apple township of Sopore in north Kashmir district of Baramulla. Both the incidents took place just hours before a 27-member European Union Parliamentary delegation is scheduled to visit the state to ascertain the situation.
Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh had on Sunday visited Kokernag, Larnoo, Duksam and reviewed the security situation in Anantnag. Mr Singh had said that all necessary measures have been taken to provide full proof security to people associated with horticulture, particularly traders and truckers from outside the valley.
The DGP, however, had said that it is not possible to provide security cover in remote areas though asserted that forces have been deployed in many areas in south Kashmir to prevent such attacks.
After attacks on trucker drivers in Shopian, security forces identified six safe routes for them from main sale centre to orchards so that fruit traders could bring apple from their orchards in small vehicle before loading them in trucks for transportation to outside the mandis.
Last week, two trucker drivers from Rajasthan were killed and another from Punjab was injured by unidentified gunmen, who later set two trucks on fire in Shopian (UNI)