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Bishops condemn killing of Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) has condemned yesterday's terrorist attack on innocent pilgrims in which nine innocent were killed.

CBCI spokesperson Fr Donald De Souza said: "It is horrible that people on way to prayer and pilgrims have been massacred by unholy men."

Unidentified terrorists attacked sleeping pilgrims with grenades at a resort centre in Pahalgam in Jammu & Kashmir before opening indiscriminate fire on them. Nine pilgrims died on the spot, while another 34 people are reported to be seriously injured. The pilgrims were on their way to famous Hindu Pilgrimage of Lord Shiva in Amarnath caves in Jammu & Kashmir.

Fr De Souza said the Christian Community appealed to those responsible to "forsake what is sinful and heinous in the eyes of God". He also asked the State and the Central governments to provide adequate security to the pilgrims of Amarnath, who take up long journeys to Jammu & Kashmir to pay homage to Lord Shiva in July and August.

Hindu pilgrims believe that the image of Lord Shiva appears in the form of an ice in these months.

Catholic Bishops Conference of India
Pakistan blamed over Kashmir attack (BBC)


7 Aug 2002