7TH ANNIVERSARY Shutdown in South Kashmir, Demands of re-opening case
All shops and other business establishments were closed while passenger transport was off the roads.
The relatives of the deceased including husband of Neelofar, Shakeel Ahangar, son Suzain and dozens of relatives staged a sit-in at Bonagam in Shopian town.
Carrying placards, they later marched towards the scene of crime in Nala Rambi Ara, where the bodies of the two women were located on May 30, 2009.
Some Hurriyat leaders also reached the spot and protested against the double murder and rape, allegedly perpetrated by men in uniform. They raised slogans against the government for “shielding the culprits.”
The protesters later marched to Gole Market Shopian where from they took out a protest march to the residence of the two deceased.
On the occasion, Shakeel Ahanger, husband of Neelofar and brother of Asiya, said that they have lost all hope and trust on the government and courts.
“All the agencies, organizations, courts and government in India have not helped us. Two women were raped and killed in cold blood,” he said.
“Mehbooba Mufti always used to raise her voice against these killings and whenever she addressed any gathering in South Kashmir or Shopian, she always blamed the government for not punishing the culprits. But amazingly when her party and she came in power she suddenly became silent”.
“She used my sister and wife’s rape and murder to gather votes bank but now why doesn’t she speak about them?” Shakeel questioned.
He urged international organizations to come forward in giving justice to the family and requested them to reopen the case again.
Asiya Jan (17) and her sister-in-law Neelofar were raped and later killed allegedly by forces during the intervening night of May 29 and 30 in 2009 near Batapora Shopian. Their bodies were located on May 30 in a stream.
Today’s shutdown was called by Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani.
“On the directions of Geelani sahab a high level delegation of Hurriyat Conference led by Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar today visited Shopian and participated in the function which was called in the memory of Asiya and Nelofer there,” a Hurriyat statement said.
Demanding the reopening of the double murder and rape case of Asiya and Nelofar and public execution of the involved personals, Hurriyat leaders said that there were enough evidences available to prove the big hand of the Indian agencies in this unfortunate incident but all those evidences and proofs were eliminated under a well thought out plan.
A party spokesman said the then Omer Abdullah government played an important role in shielding the real culprits and hushing up the case by misusing the government machinery.
Geelani also strongly condemned the shifting of JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik to Central jail Srinagar and termed it as the worst form of state terrorism.
He said that the oppressive tactics has neither worried the Kashmiri pro-freedom leadership in the past and nor will this policy deter people in the future also and they will continue to pursue the sacred cause of Kashmir until it will get “liberated.”