31 Hindus Flee Rajouri Village After Ultras' Threat
23 October 2005
The Indian Express
Jammu: As many as 31 Hindus from seven families today fled their mountainous hamlet in Rajouri district after militants threatened to kill them, official sources said.The minority community members decided to leave their remote village after a group of militants headed by deserted Special Police Officer-turned-ultra Ayoub entered into the house of one Ravinder Singh in Khah village in Rajouri district last night, they told here. They looted Rs 50,000 from the house. On hearing the commotion, Village Defence Committe member Rattan took out his gun and fired at them, they said. After a brief gunbattle the ultras escaped with the looted money from the house. However, the militants threatened to come back in a large group and kill the Hindu families the way 10 members of the community were killed in Budhal on October 10. Following the incident, the seven families left for Rajouri town. Forty-seven Hindus have already migrated to safer areas in Sunder town of Rajouri district from Budhal after the massacre.