May 1998 News

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Hindu exodus to Poonch; curfew continues

8th May 1998
Press Trust of India

JAMMU: The killing of four Hindus by militants in Surankote town on Tuesday night has prompted migration of about 250 members of the minority community from the area to nearby Poonch town, where curfew continued for the second consecutive day today.

About 55 families, comprising 250 people, arrived in Poonch town from Surankote, officials said.

However, no fresh untoward incident has been reported from Poonch.

The Army had staged a flag march in the town yesterday after mobs, resenting the killings, went on the rampage setting four Government vehicles and some offices on fire and ransacking a police station.

Security forces were guarding vital installations and continued to patrol the sensitive areas of the town to thwart any untoward incident, reports said.

According to sources, the bodies could not be retrieved from the area as the encounter between security forces and militants was still on.


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