Various separatist leaders and organizations today paid glowing tributes to the victims of January 6, 1993 Sopore massacre, demanding punishment to the BSF personnel involved in the act.
Jammu Kashmir National Front (NF) chairman and Hurriyat Conference (G) leader, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, said, "Justice continues to elude the families of the victims of Sopore massacre for the past 23 years."
"As many as 55 innocent civilians were massacred, many more injured and hundreds of shops and houses gutted by the BSF men in Sopore in 1993. However, such massacres have failed to kill the freedom sentiment of Kashmiri people," Nayeem Khan, in a statement today, said.
"The forces personnel sprayed gun powder, petrol and kerosene on the buildings in Sopore and torched around 400 commercial establishments and 75 residential houses in five localities. The BSF men had gone on rampage only because people of Sopore are known for their pro-freedom political stance," Nayeem Khan said and appealed to the human rights organisations to 'rescue Kashmiri people who are facing all sorts of violations.'
Meanwhile, a delegation of Hurriyat Conference (M), comprising Ghulam Nabi Zaki and Ghulam Hassan Mir today visited Sopore to participate in congregational prayers held for the martyrs of Sopore massacre.
"The leaders on the occasion said the massacre was the worst example of state-sponsored terrorism," a spokesman of Hurriyat (M) in a statement today, said, adding that "The sacrifices of life and property of the people were the biggest assets of the ongoing resistance movement."
Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement chairman Zaffar Akbar Bhat, while paying tributes to Sopore martyrs, has termed the massacre and burning down of Sopore town in 1993 as the 'worst day in the history of Kashmir.'
"The sacrifices of life and property of the people are the biggest asset of the ongoing resistance movement in Kashmir," Zaffar said.
Meanwhile, a delegation of JKSM visited Martyrs' graveyard in Sopore and paid tributes to all martyrs of Kashmir.