December 2002 News

Sopore family wiped out by militants

21 December 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent

Sopore: In the umpteenth incident of harrowing brutality, militants have wiped out a family at Reban village of Sopore, killing four inmates including a 4-year-old child during last night. Informed sources in north Kashmir told EXCELSIOR that late last night a heavily armed group of Urdu-speaking militants swooped on the house of one Ghulam Qadir Dar S-o Ali Mohammad Dar at Reban, 5 kms from Sopore. After a brief conversation with the harrassed family members, the gunmen asked them to recite ‘Kalima’ and assured them that ‘‘we will forgive you people for the sin you have committed.’’ As all the members began chanting the ‘Kalima’ a Quranic recitation-the gunmen showered on them bursts of AK-47 gunfire. The house-owner, Ghulam Qadir Dar, his sons Mohammed Yusuf Dar and Mushtaq Ahmed Dar, as also Mushtaq''s 4- year-old son, Jubair Ahmed, died in the shoot-out. The house-owner''s brother Mohammed Sabir escaped but his wife, Sara, and 6-month-old daughter, Rubeena, sustained injuries. Ghulam Qadir Dar''s 25-year-old daughter, Tasleema, also sustained critical injuries. All the three injured females were rushed to hospital. Residents believe that Pakistani militants of a Jehadi outfit struck on the family with the allegation that Ghulam Qadir Dar and his sons had passed on the information of some militants’ presence to security forces last month. During the night intervening November 29 and 30, security forces had raided Dar''s house and killed two Pakistani militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba namely Abu Noman and Abu Abdullah in a gunbattle. Though there is neither a culture nor an atmosphere of registering any protests against separatist militants in Kashmir valley, a large number of people assembled at the ill-fated family and condemned the killings as an act of brutality and barberism. The incident evoked widespread condemnation in the apple-rich Sopore localities. Since there were no anti-India or pro-Azadi slogans, it was evident that everybody believed militants had carried out the gory act. Guerrilla colleagues of slain militants have been striking on the families— sometimes after a year—when any militants get killed in a house by security forces in Kashmir. After such encounters, invariably the host families are suspected to be the informers of security forces. Meanwhile, this afternoon militants shot dead a soldier, Jai Ram, of ITBP 2nd Bn when he was purchasing some vegetables alongwith his colleagues at the crowded Madeena Chowk, in Gaw Kadal area in the capital city. Militant outfit Al-Nasireen has claimed responsibility.


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