Wandhama massacre: CM ridicules inaction allegation

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday ridiculed allegations against his government for inaction against the architects Wandhama massacre of 1998. Omar said that 12 militants responsible for the act were killed.

“A lot of chatter about alleged inaction following the Wandahama massacre of Kashmiri Pandits. Facts are very different and counter (the) allegation. Stay with me while I put the facts here-night of 25th Jan ‘1998, 23 Pandits killed by militants in #Wandahama. Harkat ul Ansar suspected,” Omar wrote on twitter.Com, a micro-blogging site.

He said on February 17, 1998 six foreign militants were killed and another injured in security forces’ operation. “All HUA cadres. Injured HUA militant admits to being part of Wandhama massacre and names other dead ones as accomplices with name of ISI commander also,” Omar said.

Six more militants of Harkat were killed in operations over the following years, Omar has informed. “Further ops over next years in #Wandhama area see 6 more HUA foreigners killed & no evidence or intelligence of further involvement (of more militants),” the Chief Minister tweeted.

“As a result the case was closed. To suggest no action followed the Wandhama massacre or Govt slept/ignored is NOT supported by facts,” he said. Pertinently, Kashmir Pandit Ssangharash Sammittee (KPSS) on Friday took a jibe at the state government for its inaction against the perpetrators of Wandhama massacre asking the chief minister to come up with a statement on the issue. 

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