Two young men visited the shop-cum-residence of Reshi this morning and pumped two bullets into his head, sending shock waves through the state's 'apple town', barely 52 km from capital Srinagar.

The incident came within 24 hours of unidentified gunmen killing Mehraj-ud-din-Bhat, a former militant, who ran a poultry shop in Badamibagh. A father of five girls, Reshi was opening his shop when the two assailants approached and killed him.

As the news of Reshi's killing spread like wildfire through the town, the locals began a shutdown demanding those behind the recent killings be apprehended.

The separatist groups have blamed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's remark about neutralising terrorists using terrorists for the sudden spurt in the killings.

Hizbul Mujahideen faction-led by Qayyum Najjar also known as 'Qayuum Nazarwala' is alleged to be behind the spate of killings in the town.

Earlier, on Friday night, suspected ultras shot dead another shopkeeper, while a government employee, who was an activist of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, was killed on Tuesday.

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