April 2005 News

Now Homes Of Kashmir Bus Passengers Threatened

2 April 2005

Srinagar: Four separatist guerrilla groups in Jammu and Kashmir Saturday renewed their threat to those planning to take the Srinagar- Muzaffarabad bus, saying even the homes of the passengers would be attacked. The fresh threat came only three days after the first warning by them. The four groups are Al-Nasreen, Save Kashmir Movement, Al-Arifeen and Farzandan-e-Milat. In a statement faxed to local newspapers, news agencies and some television channel offices in Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar, the groups have issued a more serious threat to travellers on the Kashmir bus. 'We have the addresses and all the records of those intending to undertake the travel. We have in many cases warned the prospective travellers personally as well. If they do not heed us, we shall be left with no option but to attack their homes as well,' the guerrilla statement said. It said, 'The only purpose of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service is to trample over the bodies of thousands of martyrs who laid down their lives for Kashmir's freedom. Those deciding to undertake the travel are indulging in a luxury that would be at the cost of trying to bury the Kashmir question once and forever.' The groups have also renewed their call for a complete shutdown here April 7, 2005, when Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to arrives here and flag off the inaugural bus service from Srinagar to Muzaffarabad. Hardline Kashmiri separatist leader and chairman of breakaway Hurriyat group Syed Ali Geelani had Friday 'advised' the guerrillas not to issue threats against Srinagar-Muzaffarabad travel, as it was only earning them a bad name'.


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