Militants shot at and injured a laborer hailing from neighboring Punjab in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, officials said.
Sonu Sharma, the helper of a poultry-carrying vehicle, was shot in the right leg by militants, the officials said.
They said Sharma was rushed to a hospital here where his condition was stated to be stable.
This is the third attack on people from outside Jammu and Kashmir in the Pulwama district since Sunday. Five persons were injured in these attacks.
Recently, the Inspector General of Police Kashmir range Vijay Kumar had said a joint team of armed forces has started night patrolling in remote villages of Kashmir where non-locals work and Kashmiri Pandits live to prevent militant attacks on ‘soft targets’.
Talking to a selected group of reporters, the IGP Kashmir said that police and the army have intensified the night patrolling in remote Kashmir villages where Kashmiri Pandits live and the non-local workforce works.
“This is to prevent militants from attacking soft targets,” the IGP said, adding that in the recent cases of attacks on non-JK residents in Pulwama and a Kashmiri Pandit in a remote village of Shopian, the militants involved in the acts have been identified.
He said that two slain militants killed in Tral military operation were involved in the killing of a Sarpanch Sameer Ahmed in Khonmoh besides a series of other attacks including grenade throwing etc. “They were operating in Srinagar and had shifted to Tral recently,” the Kashmir police chief said.