November 2000 News

Lashkar, Hizb behind massacre

23 November 2000
The Statesman

Jammu: Police today said the killers of the five truck drivers were ‘’Lashkar-e-Taiyaba and Hizbul Mujahideen militants.” Normal life was thrown out of gear in Jammu in response to a bandh call given by All Jammu and Kashmir Transport Association and Motor Transport Companies Association in protest against the killings. Mr Radha Vinod Raju, IGP Jammu range, said over phone this evening that police had vital clues about the killers. They are Lashkar and Hizbul militants. Mobile patrols and surveillance have been increased on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, he said. The chief minister today announced a magisterial probe into the killings. Dr Farooq Abdullah held talks with a Union home ministry team, led by the special secretary, Mr RK Kakkar. He said vigil on the NH would be increased, traffic movement regulated and other emergent measures taken to ensure safety of transport operators. No vehicle will be allowed on the highway after 6 pm and without the clearance of the road in the morning by the road opening parties (ROPs). Two truck terminals will be set up at Qazigund and Ramban for movement of vehicles in convoys. Though the bandh passed off peacefully, over 5,000 transporters and agitators blocked Tawi Bridge for a few hours, raising slogans against the government.

 

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