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Bus passengers have second thoughts

Source: PTI
April 02, 2005 21:37 IST
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Several passengers, who are to travel on the inaugural Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service on April seven, are having second thoughts in the wake of militant threats.

Four militant organisations -- Al Nasireen, Save Kashmir Movement, Al Arifeen and Farzandan-e-Millat -- have warned passengers not to board the bus.

"My husband is still thinking whether to go to Muzaffarabad or not. If he is not able to go there, it will be a pity," wife of Zainul Abidin Shah said.

Zamrooda, daughter of Mohammad Abdullah Bhat, who is to board the bus along with his wife Fatima, said her parents were considering whether to go ahead with the journey.

"The family is in a state of flux. We are not in a position to decide," she said.

Earlier, Fatima told a local newspaper that she would go ahead with the journey irrespective of the threats by ultras. She wants to visit Muzaffarabad to see her daughter who has settled there since 1988 after marriage.

Meanwhile, the police tried to ally the fears of the passengers.

Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Javed Makhdoomi said all protection would be provided to the travellers.

"We do not want to take any chance, as a small mischief can spoil the event," the IGP said.


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