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Pulwama massacre, Hizb leader's murder linked: Army

Josy Joseph in New Delhi | March 25, 2003 03:12 IST

There is a connection between Sunday's massacre of 24 Pandits in Nadimarg village near Shopian and the murder of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Abdul Majid Dar, according to the army.

In all probability, terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba or the Jaish-e-Mohammed, who are mostly from Pakistan, carried out the two attacks, it says.

On Monday morning, the army intercepted a conversation between a local Hizb commander and one of his comrades where he was heard condemning the attack on the Pandits.

"There are other indicators to prove that the Hizb may not be involved," says an army officer.

According to him, those who killed the Pandits "were not speaking Kashmiri, but a language that the villagers didn't properly recognise".

According to preliminary investigations by the army, primarily based on interviews of the villagers and some radio intercepts, the massacre seems to have been carried out at the behest of the Inter-Services Intelligence.

Abdul Majid Dar was killed because he tried to pursue the path of peace, the officer says. The terrorists, by murdering him, have sent a message to the Mufti Mohammed Sayeed government and other peaceniks who are gaining support in the Kashmir valley.

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Sub: kashmir

once again indian intelligence agencies have played the dirty game.they rare masters of the game.kashmiri,s will not be deterred by such tricks

Posted by laru

Sub: Time to act

It is high time to act...roll back the spl status of kashmir...cross so called LOC ...tell 'em clearly ..their acts wont be tolarated any more.

Posted by Veera

Sub: Phulwama killings

Whoever (ISI, islamic terrorists)is involved in these dastardly act are wearing chudiyan (bangles), as killing innocent,unarmed little children and women are no acts of bravery. ...

Posted by srinivas

Sub: Enough is Enough

I say we march into the so called PoK and close this chapter once and for all. Too many innocent lives have been lost on ...

Posted by Shyam

Sub: Hindus killed

Great, Blame everything on Pakistan and case is closed.Our Army intellegence and police has done a wonderful job , they solved the case in 24 ...

Posted by brijesh


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