November 23, 1995 |
Gunmen killed the leader of a party seeking independence for the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for killing Abdul Razak Mir, a former state lawmaker of the Muslim United Front. Gunmen reportedly abducted Mir from his home, and his body was found not long afterward.
September 3, 1995 |
To the booming of guns and the trill of army bugles, the mangled remains of Punjab's chief minister were burned on a funeral pyre with full state honors Saturday as Indians wondered whether a new round of bloodshed is beginning in a state just getting used to civil peace.
September 1, 1995 |
In India's highest-level political assassination in four years, Beant Singh, chief minister of Punjab state, was killed Thursday when a powerful bomb exploded as he got into his limousine. A Sikh separatist group claimed responsibility for the blast, which killed 12 others. The explosion occurred after Singh, 73, left his second-floor office in the civil secretariat in Chandigarh, the city that serves as Punjab's administrative capital. As the chief minister got into his car at 5:07 p.m.
December 20, 1992 |
A leader of a Hindu fundamentalist party was shot dead Saturday by suspected Muslim militants in possible retaliation for the razing of a mosque by Hindus. Santosh Thakur, the regional general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party, was killed by unidentified gunmen in Jammu-Kashmir state, where Islamic guerrillas are fighting for independence from mostly Hindu India.
May 21, 1992 |
Government investigators charged the leader of a Sri Lankan guerrilla group with masterminding the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Concluding a yearlong investigation, they said Vellupillai Prabhakaran, head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam, directed the killing of Gandhi because Gandhi had sent Indian troops to Sri Lanka in 1987 to enforce a peace accord between Sri Lanka's government and the rebels.
August 20, 1991 |
The Sri Lankan Tamil militant believed to have masterminded the assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was found dead after a siege of his hideout, top police officials said today. The one-eyed man identified as Sivarasan and six others, one an alleged woman accomplice, committed suicide by swallowing cyanide, they said. Sivarasan also had a bullet wound in the head.