Killing Of Sisters In Sopore Triggered Fear In Valley: J-K Minister11 March 2011
New Indian Express
Srinagar: The recent killing of two sisters by suspected Lashker-e-Toiba militants in Sopore has spread a 'reign of terror' in the Valley, a Jammu and Kashmir minister said today. 'The incident was purely an act of terror. The incident spread a reign of terror in the Sopore town in particular and the Valley in general,' Minister for Sports R S Chib, on the behalf of the Chief Minister, said in a reply to a call attention motion of Abdul Gani Vakil in the Assembly here. The minister said posters were pasted threatening similar fate for informers and those who do not subscribe to the militants' moral policing. 'Posters were torn by the locals. Efforts were on to arrest the accused persons involved in the said incident,' he said. On January 31, 2011, two suspected LeT militants barged into the house of Ghulam Nabir Dar in Muslim Peer area of Sopore and dragged his two daughters - Akhtar (20) and Arifa (17). They later killed the duo in Ziayrat Rahim Sahib Chinkipora area of the town. According to police, the militants responsible for gruesome act have been identified as Waseem Ahmed Ganai alias Sher-i-Uni and Muzaffar Ahmed Naikoo alias Muz Molvi, Chib said. The benefits given to family of the two girls include ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakhs, an amount of Rs 10,000 from the Red Cross and SRO-43 benefits to the brother of the victims, minister noted. He informed the House that Minister of State for Roads and Buildings Javed Ahmad Dar, Sopore MLA Mohammad Ashraf Ganaie and senior district officers have visited the bereaved family. The team of interlocutors headed by noted journalist Dilip Padgoankar also visited the family last month. Chib said since the bereaved family is living in a deplorable condition in their one-room house, financial assistance to the tune of Rs 1.05 lakh for providing the housing facilities have been processed and Baramulla district authorities have been directed to provide them plot to construct a new house. A BPL ration card has already been provided to the family, he added.