Human Rights Group Releases Report on Kashmir Killings

May 11, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News/PR Newswire

On May 11, 2006 PR Newswire reported, "The Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) has taken a serious view of the terrorist actions in the Jammu & Kashmir state of India. Terrorists have mercilessly massacred minority community members in the past few days. Islamic terrorists had kidnapped nine members of the minority community in Lolan Gala of Udhampur district on April 30th 2006. The terrorists killed seven of the kidnapped victims and nothing is known about the other two people. In another incident during the night of April 30th and May 1st 2006, the terrorists sprayed bullets on a number of Hindu minority community members in village Kulhan in the district Doda. At least 26 minority members were killed on the spot while ten were seriously injured. GHRD's reporter's team on May 2nd and May 3rd 2006 conducted an assessment exercise of the incidents, including enquiries made from survivors of the massacres and seriously wounded victims. The investigation clearly suggests that there was a pattern employed in the killings. The hapless people, all belonging to the Hindu community, were killed after ascertaining their names, religion and residences. The people used by the terrorists to identify the victims were released, once it was ensured that they did not belong to the Hindu Minority community. The revelations point to the fact that there was a clear intent in the minds and utterances of the terrorists to ethnically cleanse the Hindu minorities from their ancestral abode."