22 June, 2021

Darkness Beckons

Rajiv Nagar carnage survivors say cops backed out of a firefight

Darkness Beckons
There is shock and anger among the survivors at Jammu's Rajiv Nagar slum, which was attacked by militants on July 12, leaving 28 people including women and children dead, and another 34 wounded. There were angry protests when deputy prime minister L.K. Advani and Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah visited the slums. The slum-dwellers were cut up over the central and state governments' failure to protect Jammu from militant strikes. The militants struck exactly two months after the Kaluchak carnage and nine days before the commencement of the annual Amarnath Yatra, when there is a security alert throughout J&K.

The 1,000-odd families here were resettled by Rajiv Gandhi in 1988, at Rajiv Nagar, after their shacks were washed away by the swollen waters of the river Tawi. Most of the families were non-Kashmiri labourers. After the July 12 massacre, the families are terror-stricken with around 35 of them having even left Jammu. When Congress president Sonia Gandhi came here on July 16, to express solidarity with the victims and distribute relief to the families of...

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