Terrorists Attack J-K Braveheart Ruksana's House

31 October 2009

Jammu: In a revenge attack, terrorists on Friday night hurled grenades at the house of Ruksana Kausar, the woman who shot into national limelight by taking on armed terrorists of Lashar-e-Toiba killing one of them, but she was not present there at the time of the incident. Rajouri district collector S Jaipal Singh said the terrorists hurled grenades at the house of Ruksana at Thanamandi in Rajouri but neither she nor any member of her family was present there when the attack took place late on Friday evening. 'Ruksana and her family members are at a very safe place in Rajouri', he said. 'After hurling the grenades, the terrorists fled under the cover of darkness. Singh said the 22-year-old girl was aware of the imminent attack on her house. He said the attack was expected and that was why she and her family members were kept in a safe place. The targeting of Ruksana's house came a little more than a month after she killed a top Pakistani terrorist belonging to Lashker-e-Toiba and injured another at Kalsian village in Rajouri district, about 217 km from Jammu, on the night of September 27. She, along with her sibling, had overpowered the terrorists who had barged into their house at Upper Kalsi, snatched the rifle of one of them and fired at him, killing him on the spot. Ruksana's parents Noor Hussain and Rashida were injured in the incident. The bravery of Ruksana, who had never picked up a gun before September 27, made her a celebrity overnight and her act came in for praise from President Pratibha Patil and Home Minister P Chidambaram during their visits to Jammu and Kashmir.