Handwara remembers victims of massacre

Handwara remembers victims of massacre

People offered congregational Fateh-a-Khawani for the martyrs at different places including Mazar-e Shuhoda at Handwara and paid the tributes to the 25 civilians killed by border security forces.

A complete shutdown was observed Sunday in Handwara and Langate towns of Kupwara district to pay homage to 25 civilians who were massacred here by the Border Security Force troopers twenty five years ago. 

Normal life came to a grinding halt in Handwara, Langate and adjoining areas of Kupwara district.

Shops, and business establishments remained closed Handwara in memory of the 25 civilians shot dead by BSF troopers on this day while they were protesting the killing of 52 civilians by Central Reserve Police Force men in Srinagar’s Maisuma locality on January 21, 1990. Traffic was off the roads and main town Handwara and Langate presented a deserted look.

People offered congregational Fateh-a-Khawani for the martyrs at different places including Mazar-e Shuhoda at Handwara and paid the tributes to the 25 civilians killed by border security forces.

 “We observe strike every year on this day to pay homage to the innocent civilians who were martyred by the BSF troopers. We can’t forget the hapless and innocent protesters who were crying and screaming for help. We’ll remember them for centuries to come,” said the locals of Handwara.

 The strike call was given by Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.