Apple truck driver shot dead by terrorists in south Kashmir's Shopian, orchard owner beaten up

As fruit transportation picked up pace in Kashmir on Monday after cellphones started working, terrorists shot and killed a truck driver transporting apples in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. 

The incident took place around 8 pm near Shirmal village in the district. One terrorist involved in the act is reported to be a Pakistani national, the police said. The driver of the truck which had a Rajasthan registration number was identified as Sharief Khan.

They also beat up orchard owner before fleeing the scene. An operation is launched in the area to track down the terrorists, officials said. 

The incident came on a day postpaid cellular services resumed in Kashmir after a 72-day communication blockade following the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5. 

The authorities have resumed the postpaid mobile connections in 10 districts of Kashmir valley. Landline phones were completely resumed in September after people made an appeal to the government. In Jammu, phones were resumed in only a few weeks after remaining suspended to maintain law and order situation.

Authorities had cited inputs of large scale terror attacks in the valley to suspend the calling service; however, the government spokesman said that they are still receiving credible inputs of Pakistan based terror groups trying to carry out attacks in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, security forces have received a recent alert by intelligence agencies regarding a potential terror attack at Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

Forces are keeping a strict vigil on the movement of government vehicles after the intelligence. 

The intelligence agencies have warned security forces and local police about the "latest strategy" of the terrorists, who are planning an attack on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

ANI reported that the intelligence input has warned that the terrorists can use car bombs to target the security forces.

On Monday, in an early morning operation, Jammu and Kashmir police along with other security forces arrested two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists from Ganderbal, Kashmir. AK 47 rifles and ammunition were recovered.