May 2001 News

Hizb threatens attacks on administration in J&K

21 May 2001
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Pak-based militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has threatened to "target" Jammu and Kashmir administration in a big way besides intensifying attacks on security forces in the wake of killing of nine persons, including an activist of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) in the last five days. "If growing incidents of custodial killings, uncalled for arrests and atrocities were not stopped immediately, Hizbul Mujahiden will intensify attacks not only against security forces but also against the state administration in a big way", a statement circulated through local newspapers said here on Monday. The recent killings had evoked widespread protests, with locals accusing security agencies of killing these persons in "fake encounters" after their arrests, even as police claimed that seven of the deceased, including the JKDFP activist were militants and were killed in encounters. Meanwhile, president of JKDFP Shabir Ahmad Shah, on Monday condemned the killing of his party activist Aijaz Ahmad Ketab in Srinagar on Sunday, saying he was arrested near the party office at Rajbagh and was later killed in a "fake encounter". Shah said that he wwould take up Ketab's killing with the Centre, adding that custodial killings has registered an increase during the past few days which did not go well with the offer of peace talks. Police claimed that Ketab was a militant of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and was killed in an encounter. (PTI)   


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