August 2001 News

4 Hindus killed in Doda attack

23 August 2001
The Asian Age

Srinagar: A fortnight after Doda and three other districts of the Jammu region were officially declared disturbed areas and brought under the purview of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, unidentified gunmen struck again, killing four Hindus on Thursday. They shot dead octogenarian Avtar Chand and his 70-year-old brother Bhagat Ram, both shepherds, at Chang Dhar Dhok in the upper reaches of Neel, Banihal, early on Thursday. Both were residents of the neighbouring village of Loodo, the police said, adding that the assailants took the shepherds’ cattle with them. In another gruesome incident, gunmen descended on neighbouring Mohu Mangat Nowan Dhar pasture and abducted three elderly villagers of Chapnari at gunpoint late on Wednesday night. After some time, the bullet-riddled bodies of Naseeb Singh and Amar Singh were found in woods but the third person, identified as Krishan Singh, was missing. Sources said that militants targeted the trio apparently because their children were serving in the police and the Army. The killings and abductions came a few hours after the militants had attacked a party of village defence committee at Nalthi in same district. One VDC member Behari Singh was injured in the shooting. Earlier, the security forces killed two militants belonging to the Islamic Front at Rajpura Kanachak in Jammu district, the police said. They were identified as Abu Rashid, a resident of Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir and Abu Talat from Sialkot in Pakistan. In Kupwara district, gunmen barged into the house of one Lal Din at village Dardpora of Lolab valley and shot him dead. Eight passengers and some security personnel were injured in a shooting and grenade explosion incident in village Saidpora in Shopian area of southern Pulwama on Thursday. Eight boys arrested: A police statement issued here says that security forces apprehended eight Kashmiri boys at Branwar in Budgam district while they were trying to cross the Line of Actual Control into Pakistan for receiving arms training.


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