SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Sopore, today, to mark the 23rd anniversary of the deadliest massacre in the town.
All shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic was of the road. Only Indian police and paramilitary forces were seen patrolling the roads of the town.
Over 60 civilians were martyred and more than 350 shops and other structures including residential houses were gutted on this day in 1993 after Indian soldiers set the town ablaze. The victim families are still awaiting justice while the involved personnel are roaming free.
The memories of one of the bloodiest massacres carried out against the civilian population in the Valley remain fresh in hearts and minds of the people particularly residents of the apple town even after the passage of 23 years.
Hurriyet leaders, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Bashir Ahmad Butt, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, Bilal Siddiqi, Abdul Ahad Parra, Saleem Zargar, Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Qutab Aalam, human rights activists, Abdul Qadeer Dar, Mohammad Ahsan Untoo and the activists of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet Jammu and Kashmir addressing a gathering at Eidgah, Mazar-e-Shuhada in Sopore town paid tributes to the martyrs.
The leaders said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste. They urged the world community to probe all the massacres carried out by Indian forces in the territory in the last 26 years.