1998 Prankote massacre
Survivors said that the killers struck when the villagers refused demands from the terrorists to convert to Islam and prove their conversion by eating beef. Seven members were charred beyond recognition when their house was set on fire.
It took 10 hours for news to reach the authorities and security forces reached only after a day. Then Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said "This a shocking incident. I have seen tragedies earlier, but this was bloodcurdling. No bullets were fired, the villagers were butchered."
The massacre forced migration of nearly 1,000 people to Reasi, Pouni Thanpal, Chasana and other towns of the district.
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- Gunmen Kill 25 Hindus in Kashmir Attacks, The New York Times, 20 June 1998
- A new front in the proxy war, Frontline, 20 April 1998
- Hired Gun, India Today, 4 May 1998
- Kashmir Terrorists Behead 26 Hindus in Prankote, 21 April 1998
- Jammu averages 50 killings a month, 5 August 1998
- Top Hizb militant dies in encounter, The Tribune, 24 April 2008