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Monday, 14 January, 2002, 21:02 GMT
Kashmir inquiry into killing of foreigners
Soldiers patrol on the Jammu-Srinagar highway near Ramban where militants attacked an army convoy
Soldiers have been blamed for many deaths
By the BBC's Altaf Hussain in Srinagar

The government in Indian-administered Kashmir has ordered an investigation into the killing of two Dutch nationals by paramilitary border guards.

The two men were shot dead in the Kashmiri capital Srinagar on Sunday.

Funeral of Kashmiri civilian
Violent death is commonplace

The state's junior home minister says there is no evidence that the two men were militants.

The Minister, Khaled Najib Sahrawardi, says he has ordered a police investigation into the killing of the two Dutch nationals.

The aim of the inquiry is to ensure that the guilty are punished.

Accusations

The two men were shot by soldiers of the Border Security Force (BSF).

A spokesman for the BSF said they two were members of a suicide squad of Muslim militants and had attacked BSF patrol with knives.

However, Mr Sahrawardi told the BBC the police have so far found no evidence that they were militants.

Sikh soldier tying turban
Soldiers under fire for alleged brutality

He says the police are investigating why they carried knives and what led to the scuffle with the border guards.

The main separatist alliance in Kashmir, the All Party Hurriyat Conference, has demanded a UN inquiry into the incident.

They say that is the only way to restrain Indian troops from killing innocent civilians in the name of fighting terrorism.

See also:

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16 Jan 02 | South Asia
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19 Nov 01 | South Asia
Kashmir demo over 'police killing'
17 Sep 01 | South Asia
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