July 7, 1993 |
At least 47 people, mostly Muslim militants fighting Indian rule in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, were killed in gun battles raging across the Himalayan region bordering Pakistan, police and rebel sources said. Eight soldiers and five civilians were among those killed. India rules two-thirds of Kashmir, with Islamic Pakistan controlling the rest.
April 25, 1993 |
Indian commandos stormed a hijacked Indian Airlines plane early today, shot dead the lone gunman and freed the 141 passengers and crew, police said. The raid came 11 hours after the Boeing 737 was seized, said city Police Chief Hardeep Singh Dhillon. The gunman, who authorities said was a commander of a Muslim secessionist group, had threatened to shoot the passengers if the plane was not flown to Afghanistan.
April 2, 1993 |
Police fired on a funeral procession for a Kashmiri activist Thursday, killing a close relative of the dead man, witnesses said. Ashiq Hussain, a businessman, was killed when Indian police opened fire on mourners after they argued with security men guarding the route to the cemetery, said the witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Police said the firing was accidental. Hussain was the brother-in-law of Dr.
October 1, 1989 |
Police fired on crowds protesting the arrest of a separatist leader in northern Jammu and Kashmir state, killing at least five people and wounding 75, officials said. Demonstrators were protesting the arrest of Shabir Ahmed Shah, leader of the People's League. The league is an underground group calling for the state to secede from India and join Pakistan. Shah, who calls for armed struggle to achieve the group's aims, was arrested Thursday.
August 27, 1987
Indian police in Punjab state killed a top member of the most active Sikh extremist group and said he was the chief suspect in three bus massacres that shocked India last month. Ranjit Singh Rana, a self-styled general of the Khalistan Commando Force separatist group, was shot with his brother, Inder Pal Singh, in a gun battle in western Punjab.
February 14, 1987 |
A Sikh extremist wanted in connection with the massacre of 22 Hindus was killed Friday in a shoot-out with police, authorities said. Manjit Singh Khajala was the main suspect in the Nov. 30 slayings of passengers on a bus in the Hoshiarpur district. The massacre, the bloodiest single attack in the five-year Sikh separatist campaign, touched off anti-Sikh riots.