A complete shutdown is being observed on Friday in Ajas area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district to remember five civilians killed in firing by Border Security Force (BSF) troopers on this day in 1992.
An eye witness said all shops and other business establishments remained closed while thin traffic was seen on the roads.
According to the locals, five civilians were killed by BSF during a crackdown in the lawns of Jamia Masjid Ajas.
Locals said that soldiers of BSF had laid a siege around Ajas village on Feb 1, 1992 and asked the villagers to gather in the lawns of the mosque.
Five civilians who were killed on that day were Abdul Rasheed Ganie – a driver by profession, Muhammad Maqbool Rather, Abdul Rahim Rather, Mohd Sultan Lone, and Wali Rehman Khan.
Locals said that Wali Rehman Khan was tortured to death and his body was taken away in a vehicle by the BSF men. "His body was never handed over to his family. It has been 26 years since the gruesome incident took place but justice still eludes the victim families, " they said.