May 2001 News

Militants kill six Hindus in Jammu

10 May 2001
The Asian Age

Srinagar: Unidentified gunmen abducted 11 villagers, all Hindus, from the Sajjar area, deep in Jammu’s mountainous Doda district, on Thursday morning. Later on Thursday, the corpses of six of the victims were found lying in the woods while three returned critically injured. The remaining two were still missing, the police in Jammu said. The villagers had gone up in the mountains to let their cattle graze. The police said the throats of the six villagers had been slit. The officials blamed the killing on militants. However, no group has owned responsibility for it so far. Meanwhile, police and paramilitary reinforcements have been sent into the area to trace the missing villagers and apprehend the killers, the police said. Sajjar falls in the Atholi area of Kishtwar tehsil, one of the most heavily militant-infested regions of Jammu province. Meanwhile, a grenade was thrown at the office of Syed Shabir Shah’s Democratic Freedom Party in Srinagar’s Rajbagh locality on Thursday afternoon. The police said the grenade hit the signboard of the office and exploded without killing anyone. A hitherto unknown outfit called Al-Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. A person who claimed to be the outfit’s spokesperson told vernacular newspapers over the telephone that it should serve as a warning to Mr Shah and others intending to hold bilateral talks with New Delhi “ignoring the sentiments and aspirations of the Kashmiri people and the sacrifices made by them to win freedom from the Indian yoke.”

 

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