Another Lashkar attack; 6 dead
24 November 2000
Jammu: At least six Hindus were shot dead by militants in Doda district after they were abducted on Friday afternoon. Police said they were abducted by Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in Akhala village near Dacchan in Kishtwar area of Doda district 240 km from here. They have been identified as Sudesh Kumar, and his brother Ashok Kumar, Bushan Lal, Romesh Kumar, Roshan Lal and Prakash. According to the police, some passengers got down from a bus at Patti Mohalla and were trekking to their respective villages, when they were intercepted by armed gunmen in Akhla village. The gunmen asked the Hindus and the Muslims to form two different queues. The Hindu passengers were then asked to accompany the militants to the forests in the mountains, while the Muslims were left off. The incident was immediately reported to the police by the those who were spared by the militants. The police and para-military forces immediately rushed to the area and started search operations. Later in the evening, the search party came upon the bodies of the abducted Hindus in the nearby forests. They had been shot dead. The civil and police officials led by the Deputy Commissioner of Doda Mr Shailender Kumar rushed to the spot alongwith a medical team. As the news of the killing of six Hindus spread, it lead to communal tension in Bhaderwar and Kishtwar, the Hindu dominated areas in Doda district. Business and other activities came to a standstill as the news of the killings spread. The civil administration has geared itself to maintain law and order in the district during the cremation of the victims on Saturday. This is the third incident after Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee announced a unilateral ceasefire, calling for a halt in all anti-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the month of Ramzan. Earlier in the week five truck drivers belonging to a minority community were killed on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in the wee hours of Wednesday.