4 Sikh, Hindu women gunned down in Anantnag
21 December 2001
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Four members of the minority Sikh and Hindu communities were shot dead and five others were left wounded when unidentified terrorists struck on Poshkreeri and Hugam villages, in Anantnag, this evening. Informed sources in south Kashmir told EXCELSIOR that a group of unidentified gunmen appeared at Poshkreeri village, in Anantnag, at 1900 hours this evening and opened indiscriminate gunfire on a cluster of houses. Members of the minority Sikh community have been living in these houses, protected by Police. Three girls died on spot. They were identified as Sunny Kaur (18) and Rosy Kaur (20), daughters of Sobha Singh, and Julie (12) D-o Mohinder Singh. Trilok Singh S-o Onkar Singh and his wife Manjit Kaur sustained injuries. At around the same time, another group of unidentified gunmen swooped on a cluster of houses occupied by the minority Hindu community at the adjacent village of Hugam. Lakshmi W-o Govind Ram got killed in the shoot-out while as two of her daughters__ Doora and Soba__ sustained injuries. Constable Shams-ud-din of IRP 5th Bn, who was on the guard duty, also sustained injuries. All the five injured were rushed to District Hospital of Anantnag. Senior Police officials and troops of Rashtriya Rifles 03 Bn besides SOG Anantnag rushed to the spot and laid siege to several adjoining villages for conducting a combing operation. Officials put the blame on militants and claimed that a ''Jaish-e-Mohammad group of four militants'' had struck to unnerve the civil administration and security forces. However, nothing could be ascertained from independent sources as the incident occurred late in the evening and was reported only late tonight.