Two drivers shot dead in Shopian, trucks torched

Srinagar:  Two non-local truck drivers were shot dead by unknown gunmen in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Thursday, while a third was injured, officials said.
Two of the trucks were torched.
The incident took place at Chitragam village and is the third of its kind incident in the district in last 10 days.
One of the dead has been identified as Mohmmed Illiyas, a resident of Alwar in Rajasthan. The identity of the other deceased is being ascertained. The injured driver and has been identified as Jeevan from Hoshiarpur in Punjab.
“It’s an unfortunate incident. The truck drivers had ventured into interior areas without informing the security forces,” a senior official said.
The drivers had gone to ferry apples.
The official said that bodies of two drivers had been recovered while another injured was being evacuated to hospital in Srinagar.
Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said in the evening, militants fired at trucks near Chittargam in Shopian and injured three drivers.
They stopped the three trucks bearing registration number of Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab and started indiscriminate firing at the drivers who made an unsuccessful attempt to flee the area.
They also torched two of the trucks.
Officials said police teams have been fanned out in the area to nab the culprits.
On October 14, suspected militant shot dead the driver of a truck having Rajasthan registration and assaulted an orchard owner in Shopian district. The driver was identified as Sharief Khan.
Two days later, Punjab-based apple trader Charanjeet Singh was killed and Sanjeev injured in another attack in the district.

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