September 2002 News

Militants directed to kill candidates contesting polls

13 September 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondents

Jammu: The ultras have been directed to kill candidates contesting elections and dissuade the people from exercising their right to franchise during elections in Jammu and Kashmir, according to an intercept of conversation between militants. ''Never sympathise or excuse any candidate or leader contesting elections and treat him as an enemy,'' a Defence Ministry document, quoting the conversation between ultras in the country and across the border, said today. The document, which was circulated to media, said ''terrorists should kill all candidates- leaders contesting elections and people should be dissuaded from casting their votes. Besides, sabotage activities should be carried out at all cost''. Another message said ''you restrict them from voting and make them understand that elections are not in favour of Kashmir as it is a matter of life and death''. Army will take them in groups for voting, you can ambush those who are not listening''. ''If India succeed in carrying out elections, then they will succeed in taking Kashmir and if they do not succeed they would have to leave Kashmir,'' another message said. A conversation of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit on August 2 last revealed that ultras were determined to disrupt the Assembly polls in the fourth phase in Doda district in October as well, the document said. The message said ''district Doda has been divided into two divisions. Finish all those candidates. You have full authority to do everything possible. All equipment will be given to you''. The document further said even the infiltration from across the Line of Control continues as is indicated in the intercept which said ''take the colleagues towards location of Abid Bhai. Do not worry. We have crossed the Rassi (probably LoC). Move carefully''. Another intercept confirming the infiltration said ''I and my colleagues will infiltrate tonight. We will reach location (P) after travelling for two hours. On August 24, we will move to location (8). I will be available at location (8) to receive you''.


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