July 2001 News

J&K ultras kill 4 abducted villagers

23 July 2001
The Pioneer

Jammu: Four of the seven village defence committee (VDC) members, kidnapped from Tagood village in Doda district, were killed by militants while three managed to escape, an official spokesman said here on Monday. Police recovered bodies of the four and brought them to Kishtwar town which observed a bandh to protest against the abduction and killing of 15 Hindus in two remote villages in the district late on Saturday night, he said. The other three VDC members reached their homes, he said. Earlier, police said five VDC members had been abducted. Police have also recovered bodies of eight of the 15 Hindus killed by militants at Charji village in Kishtwar Tehsil of Doda district. A boy injured in the firing has been admitted to Jammu Medical College Hospital. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Minister of State for Home Mushtaq Ahmed Lone and Director General of Police AK Suri flew to Kishtwar to take stock of the situation. Denying reports of any curfew in the area, the police sources said that the situation in Kishtwar was tense but under control with authorities monitoring the situation. Reports from Srinagar add: Two persons were killed and 21 others, including five BSF personnel and three counter insurgents, were injured in three explosions triggered by militants in Kashmir Valley since Sunday night, official sources said on Monday. Militants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) at Babademb road in downtown Srinagar and hurled a grenade towards a group of counter- insurgents at Bandipora town of Baramulla district on Monday, killing a civilian and injuring 20 others, the sources said. The first explosion took place at Babademb where militants had fitted the IED on a bicycle and triggered it when a BSF vehicle was passing around 8.50 am, the sources said, adding the grenade attack was carried out around 2 pm. A police spokesman said a civilian was killed and another was injured in a mine blast triggered by suspected militants near Jalala-Behak in Karnah sector of Kupwara.No militant outfit has owned responsibility for the three explosions so far. Elsewhere, several hundred Amarnath pilgrims were stranded near Baltal base camp on Monday in south-east Kashmir as authorities did not allow them to proceed further due to heavy rainfalls in the area, an official spokesman said here. The stranded pilgrims would be allowed to proceed towards the cave shrine from Baltal route when weather improves, he added. Meanwhile, officials have attributed the decline in number of yatris to recent militant attacks in Sheshnag in Anantnag district and Cherji and Tagdoot villages in Doda district in the past two days. Reports from Srinagar said more than 93,000 pilgrims had darshan of the holy ice lingum at cave shrine so far. Sources from Jammu say normal life was disrupted in Jammu, Doda districts on Monday due to a bandh called by Shiv Sena to protest against the Sheshnag and Kishtwar killings, the police said. Shops and business establishments remained closed and vehicular traffic was off the roads in Jammu city, Kishtwar and some areas in and around Doda town and Baderwah, the police said adding no untoward incident was reported from these areas. Attendance in Government offices and banks was also affected, police added. Tension prevailed in Kishtwar town where paramilitary troops had been deployed, the sources said. Imam of Jamia Masjid Kishtwar, Farooq Ahmed Kitchloo, president bar association, Kishtwar, district president National Conference, Sajiad Ahmed Kitchloo and a host of other NGO''s have strongly condemned the brutal killings of innocents civilians by Pakistan-sponsored militants.


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