Militants abduct two of Gujjar community, kill 1 in Pulwama

A day after suspected militants abducted two members of the nomadic Gujjar community in Pulwama and killed one of them, the Union Home Secretary is set to hold a high-level meeting on Jammu and Kashmir, today.

Two Gujjar men were abducted yesterday from a forested area in Pulwama district and later one of them was shot dead. Police said Abdul Qadeer Kohli of Rajauri district and Manzoor Ahmed of Khonmoh area of Srinagar were abducted by unidentified gunmen from ‘Dhok’, a temporary shelter, from Tral in Pulwama district around 7.30 PM on Monday.

The bullet-riddled body of Kohli was later recovered by a search and rescue party, while an operation to trace the other person was still underway. This is the first such militant attack after the BJP-led NDA government abrogated provisions of Article 370 and announced bifurcation of the state into union territories of J&K and Ladakh on August 5.

Following the Centre’s move, restrictions were put in place in Kashmir Valley leading to a virtual lockdown. Though restrictions have since been eased in most of Kashmir, normal life continues to remain paralysed with shops and business establishments closed and transport off the roads.

On August 20, a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist and a special police officer were killed, while a police sub-inspector was injured in a gunfight in Baramulla district of north Kashmir – the first encounter between security forces and ultras after August 5.

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