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VHP condemns killing of 22 Hindus in Jammu's Doda district

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 1 (UNI) The Vishva Hindu Parishad today condemned the massacre of 22 Hindus in Jammu's Doda district and demanded immediate imposition of President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir in order to 'protect' the Hindus.

''Since militancy started in that state, more than 50,000 Hindus had been killed in a systematic 'ethnic cleansing','' a statement alleged.

VHP also demand creation of condition in which Kashmiri Pandits could return to the valley.

At least 22 Hindus were killed and ten others injured in two separate militant attacks in Kulhand village, about 30 km from Doda town, last night, police said today.

According to police, unidentified militants, dressed as civilians and army personnel, simultaneously struck the Hindu-dominated villages of Dawa and Pauchra at around 2200 hrs and asked the people to come out of their homes and assemble in groups on the pretext of a meeting.

After two hours, militants started firing indiscriminately, killing at least 22 people, including a woman, on the spot. Ten villagers, including two women, were injured in the attack. After the attack the militants fled from the area, police added.


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