Jan 25, 1990: When 25 people fell to BSF bullets

Jan 25, 1990:  When 25 people fell to BSF bullets

According to Mohammad, the people were protesting peacefully when troopers opened fire at them.

 Twenty-five people fell to bullets of the troops in Handwara town of Kupwara district on Jan 25, 1990 , barely four days after Gaw Kadal massacre in Srinagar.

Fifty two unarmed civilians were massacred by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Gawkadal, the blood bath was carried out when  around five to six thousand people from Handwara  and adjoining areas were  heading toward Handwara Chowk to protest against the Gawkadal massacre  in a peaceful procession.

In Handwara, people were hoisting green flags amid pro-freedom, anti- India and anti-Jagmohan  slogans at the time BSF troopers in a TATA 407 vehicle, with registration number HVN-7717, appeared and opened unprovoked and indiscriminate fire. "When the procession passed by Handwara Police Station,  the BSF fired at us," recalled Ghulam Mohammad a survivor who was part of  the procession.

According to Mohammad,  the people were protesting peacefully when troopers opened fire at them. “Suddenly people hit by bullets were falling in front of me. Some of them died on the spot. Many others were critically injured,” he said.

 Another survivor, Fayaz Ahmed said that the mere thought of that day sends shivers down his spine. “The BSF troopers had gone berserk. Doomsday cannot be worse than what I witnessed. Within minutes bodies were piling on streets and blood was scattered everywhere” he said.

 “Till this date the government has no answer to our queries as to what led to this massacre. Killed persons were not militants but civilians who were protesting peacefully," he said.