Lashkar Militants Abduct And Kill Two Sisters In Sopore31 January 2011
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba militants shot dead two daughters of a poor manual labourer after abducting them from their home in the Muslim Peer area of Sopore town this evening, police said. “The militants killed the two sisters, Arifa, 17, and Akhtar, 20, after kidnapping them from their home,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone, S M Sahai, told The Indian Express. “We are investigating.” According to the police, three militants, two of whom were locals, barged into the home of Ghulam Nabi Dar, who works at a government ration depot, around 8 pm when he was away at the mosque for prayers. “The militants forced the two young women to accompany them, and shot them by the road half a kilometre away in the Raheem Sahib neighbourhood,” said an officer. “Our preliminary investigations suggest that the militants were acting as a moral brigade that wanted to punish the sisters,” said the officer. The police have identified two of the militants, he said. Lashkar abducts, shoots two sisters in Sopore according to the officer, Dar’s elder son lives with his maternal uncles at Saloosa village. The younger son, a boy of 13, was at home when his sisters were taken away. The family is desperately poor. “There were two other women - both aunts to the sisters - in the house, besides a young girl - a relative who had come to visit the family,” said the officer. “The women told us that the young girl was beaten up by the militants before they dragged the two sisters out of the house. The two older women raised an alarm and ran after the militants, but stopped following threats from the militants,” he said. This is the first such incident in Kashmir in a long time. Militants had in fact, been desisting from attacking women following a public outcry. Sopore is a militant hub where security forces are engaged in a constant cat-and-mouse game with militants.