CHANDIGARH, India, March 1, Reuter: Unknown assailants killed four members of a sect in an attack on a village in India’s Punjab state last night, police said.

They said four or five attackers entered a house in the village, near the industrial city of Jullundur, and opened fire with revolvers. They killed a man, his son and two other relatives, and wounding four other people.

Police said the victims belonged to the Nirankari sect, which is considered as betraying basic tenets of the Sikh faith.

Nirankaris have been assassinated in a series of attacks since 1978.

The killings brought to 119 this year’s total of deaths in Punjab connected with a campaign for an independent Sikh homeland.

Article extracted from this publication >>  March 6, 1987