U.S. Congressman meets Hurriyat leaders
27 April 2000
Jammu: A senior U.S. Congressman, Mr. David Bonior, arrived here today on a two-day visit. He met the leaders of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and discussed the political and law and order situation. The chairman of the APHC, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, other executive members, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mr. Abdul Gani Lone, Prof. Abdul Gani and Moulvi Abbas Ansari apprised Mr. Bonior of the prevailing situation in the State. The Hurriyat leaders urged him to play a role in resolving the Kashmir issue. Besides discussing the historical background of the crisis, the leaders made a special mention of the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir. Mr. Bonior is also scheduled to meet senior officials of the State Government. Thousands of people, including 5000 school children, today took to the streets in Tangmarg to protest the gruesome killing of Abdul Gani Dar, a former Congress activist, along with his wife, son and daughter, by unidentified militants in Goigam Tangmarg on Tuesday evening. The procession started with the school children protesting the killing of their classmate, Sarwar Hussain Dar and his family members. They were joined by many people who demanded a high level inquiry and action against the killers. A complete shutdown was observed to protest the killings. Twelve soldiers injured: At least twelve soldiers, including a JCO, were injured in a powerful mine blast in Anantnag district. An Army subedar was handed over to the police by the residents of Juhama in Handwara after he entered a house and allegedly tried to molest women. The male members resisted and overpowered the troops.