Massacre of 15 members of nomad families widely condemned
1 January 2001
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Various political and social organisations have widely condemned the brutal massacre of 15 members of 3 nomad families at village Morha Salui in Kot Chadwal area of Rajouri district. The Jammu and Kashmir Gujjars United Front expressed shock and grief over the brutal killings of 15 persons belonging to Gujjar Bakerwal community. In a meeting of Front, Gujjars expressed anguish over the selective killings and furiously commented that on the killing of other people whole of the State and even New Delhi gets shaken but on the killing of innocent and poor Bakerwals both the Governments have maintained criminal silence. The Front appealed the Prime Minister Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and Home Minister Mr L K Advani to make some policy for the safety of Gujjars of the State. The Front leaders have also decided to take out a procession on February 13 in Jammu to protest against the selective killings of Gujjars. Gujjar Islahi Committee in a meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Choudhary Ghulam Rasool Asghar condemned the killing of 15 Gujjars including women and children. The meeting alleged that Farooq Abdullah Government has totally failed to protect the lives of innocent people of the State and their properties. The Committee appealed the Central Government to provide adequate relief to the survivors of the victims and immediately dismiss the State Government. Mr Javaid Hussain Shah, MLC, Chairman Muttahidah Quami Mahaz condemned the brutal carnage of 15 members of 3 Nomad families by the Pakistan sponsored militants. He expressed his concern over the gruesome killing of innocent and described it as dastardly act. Mr Amrit Malhotra, spokesman of J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC-I) and several other party leaders have strongly condemned the brutal killing of 15 members of three nomad families including seven children and three women at village Morha Saluhi in Rajouri district. Mr Malhotra, expressing shock and grief over the carnage, described the killing as most naked and brutal form of terrorism. Serious shock and grief has been expressed by Mr Ashok Kumar Sharma, MLA Kalakote over the burning and killing of 15 persons in remotest village of Morha Salui. Reiterating his demand for restoration of 100 lifted security pickets, Mr Sharma said that it was only due to the failure of State as well as Central Government that the innocent people have been becoming canon fodder of militants’ gun. In a meeting of various Sikh organisations held here today, Mr Gurdev Singh, president Shiromani Akali Dal, J&K condemned the gruesome massacre of 15 Bakerwals by the Pakistan sponsored militants. He said that burning alive the innocent people is not only a barbaric act and against humanity but it is also anti-Islam and added that God and Prophet of Islam will never forgive such persons and their mentors across the border. Nami Dogri Sanstha, Sunderbani in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Mr Amarjeet Sharma condemned the massacre of 15 innocent people including women and children in Budhal tehsil of Rajouri district. The members of the Sanstha expressed grief and sorrow over the incident and termed it as inhuman and cowardly. The Sanstha expressed heart-felt sympathies with the family members of the victims and appealed all the people of the area to maintain peace at this juncture. J&K National Panthers Party strongly condemned barbaric and inhuman act of militants in roasting alive 15 innocent persons including women and children at village Kot Chirwala under Bhudal Police station and expressed deep sympathies with the bereaved families. The party urged the Prime Minister to provide security to innocent masses particularly those living in border villages and have been facing brunt of Pak sponsored militants for the last 12 years. Describing the brutal carnage of three nomad families in Rajouri district as barbaric and inhuman, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Awami League Mr Kukka Parray expressed shock and grief over the killings and said that international community and the entire civilised world should stand up to take the congizance of the atrocities being committed by the terrorists. He said that it was the moral responsibility of the entire civilised world to fight all forms of terrorism as it posed the greatest threat to humanity. Pradesh Janata Dal (United) general secretary Mr Sanjesh Gupta strongly condemned the brutal killing of innocent persons of 3 nomad families by the Pakistan sponsored militants. He urged the Central Government to review its policy especially with regard to the activities of the militant outfits which openly refused to respond favourably to unilateral cease-fire. He further said that more leniency towards such elements would only create a sense of insecurity amongst the common masses and strengthen those militants who want to establish their domination through gun and bloodshed. Meanwhile senior leader of Janata Dal (United) from Udhampur Mrs Mohini Mohan has also condemned the killing of innocent nomads in a Rajouri village and urged the Central Government to awake from the deep slumber and give due consideration to the ground realities prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir and gear up all security measures to ensure that such gruesome killings do not recur. Mr Bhushan Lal Bhat, MLC and general secretary National Conference Minority Cell expressed shock over the killing of 15 members of 3 nomad families. J&K Panthers Party strongly condemned the brutal killings of 15 members of Bakerwal families and described it as most heinous crime. The party has also decided to join the Bandh call given in support of separate Jammu state and protest against illegal admissions in Government Medical Colleges of Jammu and Srinagar and faulty electric supply. The party in a meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Uday Chand appealed the people to make the Bandh a complete success. BJP leader and Member Parliament Vaid Vaishnu Dutt expressed grief and sorrow over the killing of 15 members of 3 nomad families at village Morha Salui in Kot Chadwal area of Budhal tehsil. Describing the act of militants as inhuman and cowardice, he said that these incidents reflect that the merchants of death and destruction have no religion and deserves severe punishment. He also criticised the National Conference Government for its failure in providing security to peace loving people. Mr Satish Kumar Sharma, BJYM president also expressed deep shock over the killings. Choudhary Mohammad Sardar Khatana, BJP ST Morcha president also condemned the killings of 15 members of 3 nomad families and criticised the State Government for its failure on all fronts. Former Minister and State NCP chief Thakur Randhir Singh condemned the killings of Bakerwal community. He also condemned the killings of policemen in Police HQ, Srinagar and demanded compensation for the families of deceased. Our Rajouri Correspondent adds: Mr Kuldeep Raj Gupta, state BJP senior vice-president strongly condemned the brutal carnage by the Pakistan sponsored militants. He said that neither Islam nor Jehad teach such brutal mass killings and added that Human Right Commission should see how the human rights violation is being made by the Pakistan sponsored militants in J&K. He appealed the State Government to take immediate steps to provide security to the people living in border areas and demanded cash relief and Government service to the next kith and kin of victims. Gujjar and Bakerwal Association condemned the roasting alive of 15 members of community by the militants and expressed sympathies with the survivors of victims’ families. The president of the Association Mr Liaqat Ali met District Development Commissioner Mr K A Khan and requested him to visit the spot to enquire about the ground realities.