Sopore observes shutdown to mark 20th anniversary of massacre

Inqalabi Pays Tributes, Demands Justice For Victim Families

GHULAM MUHAMMAD

Sopore, Jan 6: This north Kashmir town observed a complete shutdown on Sunday to mark the 20th anniversary of a massacre in the town on this day in 1993.
 The call for the shutdown was given by the Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani. All shops and other business establishments remained closed in the town while traffic was off the road.
 The authorities have deployed additional police and paramilitary CRPF men in the town to thwart any protests.
 Residents of Sopore also offered congregational Fateha in Masjids for more than 50 persons who were killed allegedkly by paramilitary BSF men 20 years ago.    
 Chairman Hurriyat Coference (G) Syed Ali Geelani Sunday hailed the people of Sopore for observing a shutdown on the 20th anniversary the “Sopore martyrs”.
 In a statement, Geelani said people of Sopore can never “forget the sacrifices offered by the people for a sacred cause.”  “There are many incidents like Sopore that have happened in Ksahmir. I appeal to international bodies to take cognizance of these all such incidents,” he said.
  Meanwhile Chief Patron Jammu Kashmir Mahaz-e-Azadi (MeA) Muhammad Azam Inqilabi Sunday paid tributes to Sopore massacre victims on their 20th anniversary.
 Remembering Sopore massacre of Jan 6, 1993 in which forces allegedly killed over 50 people and indulged in arson, putting entire town market on fire, Inqilabi said “Justice still continues to elude the victim families.”
 He said despite passing of 20 years Sopore traders haven’t been paid any compensation yet.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 6 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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