August 2000 News

Chattisinghpora Killing Accused Arrested

31 August 2000
The Hindu

Srinagar: In a major breakthrough, Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested two Pakistani militants belonging to the Lashker-e- Taiba (LET) outfit, in connection with the massacre of 35 Sikhs at Chattisinghpora in March when the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, was visiting the country. Mohammad Suhail Malik alias Amir and Zahid Hussain alias Zahid, both Pakistani nationals and the main accused in the massacre, were arrested three days ago, the IG of Police, (Operations), Mr. P.S. Gill, told reporters here today. The two hardcore terrorists, part of the Anantnag LET gang, admitted to committing the crime under directions from their Pakistani mentors to time it with Mr. Clinton''s visit, Mr. Gill said. They entered the country illegally through the Rajouri border last year. Zahid was also involved in three attacks on security forces, while Mohammad Suhail belongs to the ''murderous pack'', which carried out the gruesome massacre of innocent civilians at Chattisinghpora, Mr. Gill said.


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