May 2005 News

Terrorists Switch To Targetting Minorities In J&K

15 May 2005
The Hindustan Times

Jammu: The killing of three members of a Hindu family in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir is a grim reminder of the threat terrorism still poses to minority communities in the state. This is the second such incident in less than six weeks. The terrorists had earlier shot dead a Hindu villager in the same district. On Saturday evening, terrorists ambushed and killed a father and his two sons in Kalakote area, about 130 km north of Jammu. His third son was critically wounded. 'This has re-opened our wounds,' said Kuldeep Raj Gupta, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader of the district, who has been leading a campaign for stringent measures against terrorists. He is also a fierce and vocal opponent of the reduction of troops from the area. Gupta told the agency over phone: 'These killings have demonstrated that the decision to reduce troops from this militancy-infested area was bad.' 'I don't know why this fact escapes the attention of the Government that terrorists are ruthless and only a strong military action against them can restore some order and peace in the area.' His argument is based on the recent spurt of killings not just in Rajouri district that borders Pakistan- occupied Kashmir but also in other parts of the state where car and parcel bombs and shootouts have brought to the fore the continued danger of terrorism in the state. The security analysts are conscious of the fact that these killings are ominous. 'People view such incidents through a magnifying glass. That increases the threat perception at the local level. We are tackling this issue both at the local and state levels,' said SP Vaid, inspector general of police, Jammu Zone.


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