Innocent Sikh killed in Orakzai

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Beheaded body of Sikh local found in Orakza, Sunday, 21 Feb, 2010 [1]

A large number of Sikhs have migrated from Orakzai after being threatened by Hakimullah Mehsud led militants. —AP/File Photo


KHYBER AGENCY: The beheaded body of a Sikh resident of Khyber was found in Orakzai Agency on Sunday.

Three Sikh residents of the area were kidnapped by militants from Tirah Valley, in the tribal area of Khyber Agency, locals told DawnNews.

A letter, found with the body, warned his relatives and other Sikh locals against disclosing the case to the media. It said the minority faced threats of suicide attacks if the details of the beheading and kidnapping were revealed to the media or security forces.

The deceased Jaspal Singh was kidnapped by the suspected militants along with two others and left beheaded in Orakzai.

Two other companions of Jaspal Sing, Gorwandar Singh and Srujeet Singh are still being held captive by the militants.

The body of Jaspal Singh was brought to Peshawar where his last rituals will be held at Mohallah Jogan Shah in Dabgari area.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction and consequent murder, sources say the Orakzai based militants are believed to be involved in the incident.

Militants in Orakzai and Tirah Valley have been charging the non-Muslim residents Jazai or Islamic Tax on the pretext of providing security to them and their business in the area.

A large number of Sikhs have migrated from Orakzai after being threatened by Hakimullah Mehsud led militants. —DawnNews [2]