October 2002 News

In last attempt, JeM tries new scare tactics

6 October 2002
The Indian Express
Bharat Bhushan

Jammu: As campaigning ended in Doda today, Jaish-e-Mohammad started pressuring voters through hand-written pamphlets, asking them to choose between life and death on October 8 when the district goes to polls in the fourth phase. In his message on the pamphlets, JeM commander for Banihal Fazal-ur-Rehman said: ‘‘Those who vote will get bullets.’’ It also sent these pamphlets to mediapersons in Banihal who passed them on to police and security forces. A pamphlet signed by Rehman reads: ‘‘JeM ne poll booths aur ummidvaron par hamle karne ki poori taiyari kar rakhi hai... Agar kissi bhi shaks ko vote dalte dekha gaya to voh apne anjam ke liye khud zimmevar hoga. Hamen ummid hai ki log election ka mukkamal boycot karenge (We are prepared to attack booths and the candidates...Anyone who is found casting his vote will be responsible for what happens afterwards. We hope people will boycott the election.’’ SSP Banihal said round-the-clock vigil was being maintained in the area.


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