Suspected Militants Kill Four Hindus In Kashmir
30 April 2006
Jammu: Muslim militants shot dead four Hindus in Indian Kashmir who were part of a group of nine abducted by the guerrillas earlier on Sunday, police said.They had gone to graze their cattle when militants kidnapped them. So far, we have recovered four bodies with bullet marks,' senior police officer Lalit I. Mohanty told Reuters by phone. 'Five others are still missing.' The kidnapping took place near Basantgarh in Udhampur district 65 km (40 miles) east of Jammu, the winter capital of Indian Kashmir. Mohanty said extra police had been sent to the mountainous area to search for the missing Hindus. More than 45,000 people have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir, mainly Hindu India's only Muslim-majority state, in a separatist revolt which broke out in 1989. Separatist guerrillas have increased attacks in recent weeks with the onset of summer when the snow melts in the region's mountain passes, allowing easier movement for the rebels. But overall violence in the region, claimed by both India and Pakistan, has fallen due to a peace process between Islamabad and New Delhi which started in January 2004.