April 2002 News

Blood spills in J&K

8 April 2002
The Statesman

Jammu: Seven members from four families were shot dead and 10 houses were torched by militants in Dhandali village in Udhampur district last night. In Rajouri, three people were killed and five were injured when militants triggered an IED blast in a shop this afternoon. In another incident, the ancestral house of a state minister was attacked in Srinagar yesterday. Meanwhile, it was announced today that senior Hurriyat leader Prof. Abdul Ghani Lone will leave for the USA soon for treatment. Authorities had released his passport a few days ago for the visit. Prof. Lone’s trip to the USA will leave few Hurriyat leaders in the Valley with former chairman Mr Mirwaiz Umar Farooq presently in Saudi Arabia and Mr Syed Ali Shah Geelani undergoing treatment in a Delhi hospital. Sheikh Abdul Aziz has been jailed and JKLF chief Mr Yasin Malik, earlier arrested under Pota, being remanded to 15-day judicial custody by a court here today. Prof. Abdul Ghani Bhat and Moulana Abbas Ansari are in Srinagar. Police said militants attacked Dhandali village and gunned down seven persons, most of them village defence committee members, besides injuring eight others. Police airlifted five of the survivors to Jammu Medical College today. Senior police officers are camping at the village. Giving details about the blast in Rajouri, rescue teams today recovered three mutilated bodies from the debris of a shop which collapsed after an explosion. Several women were present in the shop at the time of the blast and many are still trapped in the debris. The injured, some of whose limbs were severed, were rushed to the district hospital where the condition of a few was stated to be critical. Tension gripped Rajouri following the killings. Last night, terrorists threw a grenade on the ancestral house of Jammu and Kashmir works minister Mr Ali Md Sagar in Nawab Bazar, Srinagar. Securitymen posted there were the target. The grenade, however, fell short and exploded on the road near the house without causing damage.


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