1998 Prankote massacre

The 1998 Prankote massacre was the beheading of 26 Hindus in the villages of Prankote and Dakikote in the Udhampur district (now in Reasi district) of the erstwhile Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on 17 April, 1998.[1]


It took 10 hours for news to reach the authorities and security forces reached only after a day.[2][3] Then Jammu & 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."[4]

The massacre led forced migration of nearly 1,000 people to Reasi, Pouni Thanpal, Chasana and other towns of the district.[5]

In April 2008, the mastermind of this attack - Abdul Haque alias Jahangir, an Islamic terrorist belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces.[6]


  1. ^ "Rediff On The NeT: 26 Hindu villagers butchered in Jammu". Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  2. ^ "A new front in the proxy war". Frontline. Vol. 15, no. 13. 20 June – 3 July 1998. Archived from the original on 4 April 2002. Retrieved 27 May 2018.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ Hired Gun Archived 22 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine, India Today, 4 May 1998
  4. ^ "Kashmir Terrorists Behead 26 Hindus in Prankote". www.jammu-kashmir.com. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Jammu averages 50 killings a month". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  6. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Main News". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 27 May 2018.