October 2000 News

Massacred family''s survivor also shot dead in Mendhar

1 October 2000
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: Gulzar Hussain Shah, a Forest guard whose wife and four children were massacred by the militants on Friday night, was also gunned down last night at village Kangra, about two kms away from his house at Nar Samoothi in Gursai area of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district. Official sources said the same militants (involved in the killing of Gulzar''s five family members) spotted Gulzar, who was returning to his house from his place of duty at Bhimber Gali (BG) after getting a report of his family''s massacre. The militants, numbering two, kidnapped Gulzar and took him to village Kangra where his eyes and ear were chopped off. After brutal torture, the militants were reported to have gunned down the 45-year old Forest guard and escaped. Troops of Jharan Wali Gali (JWG) Brigade, who had been conducting searches in the entire Gursai area following the massacre, noticed the bullet-riddle dead body of Forest guard lying in Kangra village this morning. They called local people who identified the victim as Gulzar Hussain Shah. After post-mortem, his body was buried by local people as there was no one in the family to perform his last rites. While Gulzar''s wife Begum Ashraf and four children (two male and two females) were killed, two other children were seriously injured and were undergoing treatment at district hospital of Poonch. Sources believed that two local militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba, who massacred the family, were instrumental in the killing of Gulzar. They were still at large though JWG Brigade of Romeo Force have launched a massive search and cordon operation in the entire Gursai area to eliminate the militants involved in the brutal massacre. As reported, the militants wanted Gulzar''s wife Begum Ashraf to handover her elder son 18-year old Tariq Hussain Shah to them for joining ''jehad''. However, Begum refused to do so inviting militants'' wrath on her and her family members. Tariq and his sister were injured in the shoot-out. Meanwhile, jawans of JWG Brigade today recovered an explosives consignment from village Dundhak under the jurisdiction of Surankote police station in Poonch district. The consignment had been concealed by the militants behind Government primary school in Surankote. The seizure include 20 hand grenades and one five kg Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Army jawans carried out searches in the area but couldn''t make any arrest.


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