At least 300 Hindus killed in Doda in last seven years
1 September 2001
The Indian Express
Doda: Violence unleashed by militants in the mountainous Doda district has claimed the lives of over 300 Hindus during the last seven years, defence sources have said. ''As many as 310 minority community members have been massacred by pro-Pakistani militants, particularly foreign mercenaries, across Doda district since 1993,'' they said. The mercenaries are criminals prosecuted in Pakistan and pushed by Pak intelligence agency, ISI, into India as mujahideens, sector commander Kishtwar brigade, Brig G.D. Bakshi said. Most of these massacres were the handiwork of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, who wanted to create terror among minorities and force their migration, he said. They strike in unprotected scattered minority places, where security set up including that of police, Army and Village Defence Committee (VDC) is not there, Bakshi said adding most of these killings took place when villagers went to upper reaches for grazing cattle and other agricultural activities.