PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the Jammu and Kashmir administration must take stern action in the recent incidents of killing of people from Bihar in the Union territory. Responding to a media query on the sidelines of his “Janta Ke Darbar Mein Mukhyamantri” programme, Nitish said, “I am confident that the Jammu and Kashmir administration will remain “conscious” over such incidents in the future, and also take necessary steps to ensure that such targeted attacks on non-locals do not happen again in the Kashmir valley.” “The UT administration should also provide necessary protection in the areas where workers from other states reside,” the Bihar CM said. Two labourers from Bihar’s Araria district were killed while a third one was critically injured in Kulgam district in South Kashmir in yet another targeted attack on non-locals in the Union territory on Sunday. The brutal incident occurred in Wanpoh area in Laram Gangipora in Kulgam, where the terrorists entered a house where the workers from Araria were staying and fired on them. Three people from Araria were hit in the attack, of which two lost their lives on the spot. Flanked by two senior BJP leaders – Deputy CM Tarkishore Prasad and state’s industries minister Shahnawaz Hussain, Nitish said Sunday’s was the third incident in which people from Bihar were killed in Jammu and Kashmir. “Soon after getting information about the killing of two more people on Sunday, I spoke to Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir Manoj Sinha over phone and expressed my serious concern over the targeted killing of non-locals in the Union territory. I told the LG that people of Bihar are concerned about the recurrent killing of our people. The LG assured me that he was looking into the matter.” “But it is a fact that something wrong is happening in the valley. Some people are deliberately attacking those who had gone there for work. The way two labourers from Bihar were selectively killed after entering their house….. As soon as we got the information through the news channel, we became alert. We have also alerted administration in J&K,” Bihar CM said. Nitish also said, “People are free to go anywhere across the country to work. Any citizen can go to any part of the country in search of a job or work. People from poor family backgrounds usually go to other places for work. But, such workers are being killed in Jammu and Kashmir. Stern action must be taken in such cases ….. We are deeply hurt over the killing of our people in Kashmir valley.” Altogether four natives of Bihar have so far been killed in targeted attacks in J&K in the last two weeks. On Saturday, Arbind Kumar Sah, who hailed from Bihar’s Banka district, was killed in a terrorist attack. Arbind used to sell ‘panipuri’ in Srinagar. Earlier on October 5, one Birendra Paswan, who hailed from Bihar’s Bhagalpur district, was shot dead in Srinagar by terrorists.

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