February 2002 News

Militants massacre eight hindus in Kashmir

17 February 2002
The Indian Express

Jammu: In yet another gruesome act, militants gunned down eight Hindus, including four women and two children, and wounded six in a village of border district of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, a police spokesman said in Jammu in Sunday. A group of unspecified number of heavily armed militants swooped on Bambal-Narla village on Saturday night and struck at three houses of the minority community opening indiscriminate fire on the inmates. The militants later fled leaving eight dead on the spot and six others wounded, some of them seriously. The victims have been identified as Ashok Kumar, Madhav Ram, Jyoti Devi, Bimla Devi, Babli Devi, Shakuntla Devi and two children - Chottu and Babu in the age group of 3-6. The Deputy Commissioner of Rajouri, Asfandyer Khan, said that the incident took place in a hilly area and it takes about eight hours to reach the spot on foot from Rajouri town. He said choppers are being arranged to airlift the injured from the village to Jammu as otherwise it would take two days to bring them on foot to Rajouri town.


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