Violence mars I-Day in Kashmir, 7 killed
15 August 2001
The Times of India
Srinagar: Seven villagers, including five Hindus, were killed in a militant attack in Sarar Bagga, 15 km from Mahore, in Udhampur, on the eve of the Independence Day. Two Muslims, who went to fetch the bodies, were killed on Wednesday morning when explosive devices attached to the bodies went off.Around 8 pm on Tuesday, a group of terrorists came to the village and opened indiscriminate fire, killing two brothers and their wives and another woman, while a 14-year-old girl, Lalita, was injured. The dead were identified as Shiv Saran, Pratap Singh, Suram Devi, Kamla Devi and Guran Devi. The killings were reported to the nearest Army post, three km away, by a woman. Army Jawans then engaged the villagers in the removal of the bodies. In the following explosions, three villagers were injured, of which two died subsequently. They were identified as Ghulam Din and Fateh Mohammad. According to the police, a joint operation of the Army and the police was on in the area at the time of the killing and one terrorist had been killed. A fresh operation has been launched against the militants involved in the killing. In related incidents on Wednesday, militants hurled a hand-grenade at a school in Handwara, Kupwara district, when a march-past was going on. The? grenade fell outside the school, injuring 18 persons, including five securitymen, according to official sources. In another incident, Anantnag deputy commissioner G.A. Peer had a narrow escape when an IED, planted by militants, went off soon after his motorcade passed through Mattan, near Srinagar. He was scheduled to leave for Jeddah on Wednesday, as part of the state government''s team to make arrangements for Haj pilgrims of the state. A general strike called by the Hurriyat Conference marred the day''s celebrations in the Valley. Meanwhile, militants attacked Chatroo police station with grenades on Tuesday night and the security forces in the adjacent camp retaliated by firing on them, the officials said, adding there was no casualty on either side. The body of a militant belonging to Jaish-e-Mahmood was recovered during a search operation by the security forces.