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24 Pandits killed in Kashmir

Mukhtar Ahmad In Srinagar | March 24, 2003 11:29 IST

At least 24 Kashmiri Pandits were killed at Nadimarg village near Shopian inPulwama district around midnight.

Kashmir range police chief K Rajendra told rediff.comthat militants came to the village, 75 kilometres from Srinagar,late Sunday night and disarmed the policemen guarding the Pandits. One version said the militants were dressed inpolice uniforms.

"They first snatchedthe policemen'sweapons and later fired indiscriminately on the Pandits.The police has recovered 24 bodies so far,"Rajendra said.

Eleven women,eleven men and two children werekilled bythemilitants who numbered about 25.The village has 11 Pandit families, comprising 52 people.

Some policemenreachedthe police station at Shopian and informed their superiorsabout the incident, he said.

The area has been cordoned off and massive search operationsmounted. Police sourcessaid the gunmen snatchedweapons including four self loading riflesfrom the policemen guarding the Pandits.

The killings areasetback forChief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's plans to establish a safe haven for members of the Kashmiri Pandit community driven out of Kashmir bymilitancy in the valley. The state government had drawn up plans to settlethe Panditsaround the holy spring shrine at Tullamullah in Srinagar district and Mattan in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.

After theJanuary 26, 1998 massacre of 23 Kashmiri Pandits at Wandhama,Pandit villages have been provided security by the state government.

Sources said the Pandits living in Nadimarg had not migrated to Jammu andstayed back in their village. Nearly 5,000members of the community continue to live in the Kashmir valley.

Thevictims:

Bansi Lal(30)
Rekha(40)
Chand Rani (60)
Prince (23)
Sameera(23)
Geeta Devi(45)
Suman Ji 925)
Lassa Koul (70)
Bibi Ji (22)
Girja (23)
Suraj (4 )
Malu(5)
Preetima Kumari (25)
Reshi Koul (23)
Devika (70)
Radha Krishan (55)
Bansi Lal (65)
Triloki Nath (60)
Avtar Krishan (70)
Mohan Lal (60)
Rakesh Kumar (29)
Lok Nath (55)
Omeet (29)
Praduman Krishan (60)





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Sub: Its not only killing but it is unhumanitarian brutetly kiiling children

Where is the goverment that assured these pandits for their safety and giving them peace of mind where they can send their children to school ...


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it is very shameful to call massacre a "STORY" it is painful incident killing our innocents living there for "India" and this was the reward ...


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