India: Kashmiri Rebels Kill Four In Apparent Warning To Militants Not To Surrender
10 May 2005
Srinagar: Suspected Islamic militants shot dead four men in Indian Kashmir Tuesday in an apparent bid to warn rebels not to give up arms for the separatist cause, police said. The militants shot dead three men as they were returning from praying at a mosque in southern Doda district, police said. One of the victims was the brother of a militant who surrendered to Indian security forces last year and was later shot dead along with his father by rebels. In the same village, militants killed a former rebel in a paddy field, police said. The dead man had recently surrendered to Indian troops. None of the dozen rebel groups in Kashmir claimed responsibility for the killings but rebels often target ex-militants who have given up arms, pro-India politicians or people suspected of working for Indian security forces. 'Rebels often target families of people who have surrendered to security forces to prevent more surrenders,' a police officer said. Violence has continued in Kashmir despite a peace process started by India and Pakistan 15 months ago that the nuclear-armed nations last month called 'irreversable.' Since 1989 the insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir has left more than 40,000 people dead by official count. Separatists say the toll is twice as high.