3 NC activists gunned down in Kupwara attack
2 October 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Terrorists shot dead three National Conference workers, including a village head, for ''actively participating in the Assembly polls'' in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday night, police said on Wednesday. The three identified as head of Haihama village Mohammad Yousuf Dar, Sanaullah Khan and Ghulam Qadir Bhat where killed while they were returning from a security forces camp, they said. Lashker-e-Jabbar terrorist outfit on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the attack. A caller identifying himself as a spokesman of the outfit told local news agency NAFA that the three were killed for being active during the Assembly elections. However, around 300 villagers, alleging that the three were killed by security personnel after being summoned to a security camp, tried to march towards the office of Deputy Commissioner of Kupwara on Tuesday night. Police said after attempts to persuade the protestors to disperse peacefully failed, they used cane charge and fired teargas shells and a few rounds in the air. Though police said no one was injured, unofficial reports claimed five people were injured and were hospitalised.