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The s~e of the gruesome tragedy was the village of Gunjial SItuated near the edge of the sandy plain from which the dry bleak hills of the Salt Range suddenly rise like artfficiaI hillocks completely blOCking out the rich -beauty of the Soon Valley. The inhabitants of Gunjial are mostly Pathans who came across the Indus river severaL generations ago, and, finding unoccupied land, squatted on it. They had to work hard to make the arid land yield its benefits. but the soil was reasonably good and the settlers soon found that the region was not a true desert, for it was easy to sink wells, and once the means.