Jan 6, 1993: 50 civilians were killed in Sopore
G M BHAT
Sopore, Jan 5: This day marks the 20th death anniversary of more than 50 civilians killed allegedly by the forces in this north Kashmir town.
The memories of the Sopore massacre are still afresh in the hearts and minds of people of this apple town.
On 6 Jan 1993, more than 50 civilians were killed allegedly by the forces. Hundreds were injured in the indiscriminate firing while force personnel torched scores of houses and shops in the town.
The Sopore massacre also got published in the prestigious TIME Magazine under the heading ‘Blood Tide Rising’ According to the magazine, 55 persons were killed in the massacre.
The incident took place after militants attacked paramilitary BSF men near Sopore’s main town, killing two of them. According to the local residents, the force personnel went berserk after the incident and opened indiscriminate fire on the unarmed civilians and set ablaze the markets especially Iqbal Market.
“It’s hard to forget the horrific incident that killed scores of people in the Sopore market. Fumes were coming from every house and every shop,” said an eyewitness and survivor of the massacre. “That morning turned to be last morning for many civilians including some of my relatives,” said a resident.
Human Right organizations like Amnesty International had also condemned the Sopore killing and demanded immediate justice for the victims.
Meanwhile, International Forum for Justice/Human Rights Forum (J&K) has carried an independent investigation of the Sopore massacre which has identified that 53 persons were killed in the shootout.
Chairman Human Rights Forum, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo today said that the families of the Sopore victims still await justice as the one man commission headed by Justice Amarjeet Choudhary, the then sitting judge of Punjab and Haryana High court didn’t come to Kashmir due to security reasons. “One man commission, headed by Amarjeet Choudhary couldn’t start the probe due to security reasons that is the reason, culprits are still roaming freely,” Untoo said.
Lastupdate on : Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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