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J&K killings won't upset peace process: Azad

The chief minister said that more security forces would be deployed in the mountainous areas to guard the people.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 14:04 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has condemned the massacre in which 22 people were killed, and has said that such incidents would not be allowed to come in the way of peace processes.

Azad vowed to crush terrorism with a heavy hand and said that those responsible for the killings would not be spared.

"The killers will not be spared," he told reporters, condemning Sunday night's massacre of 22 Hindus in Kulhan and of four Hindu shepherds in Lallan Galla in Udhampur earlier on Sunday.

"We will not allow them to succeed in their designs. We would rather give a big push to the peace process. I want to make it clear once and for all that we will not bow to any pressure from terrorists."

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to chair the second roundtable, part of the central government's efforts to resolve the dragging Kashmir issue. It is a follow-up to the first such meeting which also was chaired by the Prime Minister in New Delhi on February 25.

Azad said that more security forces would be deployed in the mountainous areas to guard the people and the village defence committees - the volunteer force of the able-bodied villagers - would be equipped with modern weaponry.

Azad said that he had instructed the security forces to apprehend the killers at any cost. "They will not be allowed to get away with their acts of mass murders."

He also called upon people not to give in to provocation by perpetrators of terrorism.