Kupwara shuts in memory of massacre victims

Kupwara shuts in memory of massacre victims

People offered congregational prayers for the massacre victims at different places including Martyrs Graveyard at Rigipora.

This frontier district observed a complete shutdown on Tuesday to pay homage to 27 civilians killed allegedly by Army on this day in 1994. The call for the shutdown was given by Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani.

Due to the shutdown, normal life came to a halt in Kupwara town,

Trehgam, Kralpora, Vilgam and Lolab areas as shops, other business establishments, coaching centers remained closed and traffic remained off the roads.

People offered congregational prayers for the massacre victims at different places including Martyrs Graveyard at Rigipora. Special prayers were also held for the victims in different masjids of Kupwara.

“It is unfortunate that the guilty soldiers, who gunned down 27 civilians and injured scores others for observing shutdown on Republic Day, continue to roam freely even after 21 years of the massacre,” said the relatives of the victims.

“We can’t forget the victims and memories of the massacre will remain with us. We will continue to wait for the day when the perpetrators will be punished,” they said.

Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has demanded impartial investigation into the Kupwara massacre. 

In a statement, Geelani expressed gratitude to people of Kupwara for observing shutdown on the 21st anniversary of the massacre.

“I demand impartial investigation into this massacre so that the involved persons are held accountable. During the last 25 years, Indian forces killed thousands of innocent people in Jammu and Kashmir, but India is not showing any kind of interest in investigating these massacres. So it becomes the responsibility of the world community to come forward and discharge their duties in giving justice to the unarmed and innocent Kashmiris,” Geelani said.

A Hurriyat (G) spokesman said: “A special prayer meeting was held at district office of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat which was led by district president Muhammad Yousuf Lone. The participants of the meeting prayed for peace to the massacre victims and expressed sympathy with the families of the martyred persons.”