“A number of my close relatives had gone to attend the marriage ceremony and we came to know about the incident only when the victims were being evacuated to hospital while passing in front of our homes as there were no mobile phones in J&K at that time,” he said. He said although all his relatives had escaped unhurt in the attack, people from the minority community suffered a big blow as it was the first such attack on minorities in their close vicinity.
Besides the Bal Jarallan, the other major terror attacks targeted against minorities in Rajouri district in the past include killing of seven persons in Swari village in 1997, killing of five persons in Kotedhara in 1998, killing of three persons in Nirojal in 2002, killing of five persons in Patrara in 2003 and killing of five persons in Panglar in 2005.”Now this Dhangri attack has not only given a fresh wound but also created a wave of terror among the minority community,” he said.
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Sanjay Kumar said the Dhangri incident is a cause for major concern as it signals the revival of terror activities in the district after it was declared terrorism free many years ago. “The government should take all necessary measures to rebuild the confidence of the people in the security system and track down the attackers to ensure justice to the victims,” Kumar said.
Senior Superintendent of Police Rajouri, Mohammad Aslam had assured that the terrorists involved in the Dhangri incident would be neutralised soon.
He also said various measures have already been taken to tackle the terror threat effectively.
“A massive exercise is underway to strengthen Village Defence Committees in the district for which special camps are going on in different villages. We are examining and servicing the weapons at these camps, while hundreds of VDC members have also been provided with ammunition,” the officer said. He said the process of deploying the additional troops in sensitive areas and notorious infiltration routes is also in progress to instill a sense of security among the people.