March 2004 News

Militants Focus On Soft Targets

17 March 2004
The Times of India

Srinagar: Militants in Jammu and Kashmir are attacking politicians and civilians in a bid to scare them away from the poll process. The latest attack came on Wednesday morning, when militants opened fire on the house of former MLC Mohammad Anwar Wani at Sarsanoo village in Qazigund. No one was hurt in the attack. On Tuesday night another group of militants lobbed a grenade on the house of CPM leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami's daughter in Anantnag. But, the grenade missed the target and exploded outside the house, sources said. The guards on duty retaliated but the militants managed to escape. Earlier in the week, a group of unidentified militants blew up PDP activist Ghulam Nabi Wani's residence at Panzath in Anantnag after dragging out all his family, the police said. Minutes later, militants struck at Shampora, a nearby village, by exploding a grenade. They followed it up by firing on the house of former MLA Ghulam Hassan Parray. The family escaped unhurt. With tighter vigilance on the frontier, traditional supply and reinforcement routes for the militants are fast drying up and the smaller groups are left to fend for themselves and live off existing arms and ammunition. 'There is no doubt that there has been a very appreciable decline in infiltration, but I cannot say infiltration has completely stopped,' said J&K governor, Gen (retd) Sinha.


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