Wide-spread anger amongst Gujjars against militants
8 May 2001
The Daily Excelsior
RAJOURI: For the past few months, there has been an increasing violence against Gujjars community at the hands of the foreign mercenaries. The attacks have led to a wide-spread anger of the Gujjars against these ghastly killings. On March 15, Habib Gujjar was killed by the mercenaries when he refused to act as a guide. In another incident, young boys from Panhad village faced the same barbaric fate—— their fault was that they too had refused to be recruited into militant ranks as guides. On May 6, in a gruesome killing, all members of a Gujjar family were killed when they too refused to bend against the wishes of foreign terrorists. A wide-spread anger against these brutal killings has taken a resentful turn as the whole Gujjar community has stood up against these paid militants. The Sarpanches of many Gujjar villages openly came forward to the security forces and expressed their anguish and anger in one voice. In a resolve to fight against the mercenaries, the Gujjar community has expressed whole-hearted support to the security forces and their determination to jointly fight these militants. A call has been given to all to stop helping and aiding these mercenaries. They also called for support of Bakerwals urging them to stop helping these militants under any pressure.