Handwara shuts down on massacre anniversary

Srinagar: Normal life came to a halt in Handwara town of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district Saturday as a shutdown was observed by people to mark the 24th anniversary of the Handwara massacre .
On this day in 1990, BSF troopers had opened random fire upon thousands of people at Main Town Handwara, who were protesting against the killing of 52 people in Maisuma locality of Srinagar by the CRPF personnel. 25 people were killed and scores injured in the BSF firing. Since then, every year on this day a complete shutdown is observed in the town to mark the massacre.
All shops, business establishments, financial institutions in main town and other neighbourhood areas observed a complete shutdown in memory of the massacre victims, reports said . Skeletal traffic was seen plying on the otherwise busy roads of the town.
“We observed strike every year on this day to pay homage to the innocent civilians who were slaughtered by the BSF troopers. We can’t forget the hapless protesters who were crying and screaming for help. We’ll remembers them for years ad centuries to come,” President, Traders Federation Handwara, Shabir Ahmad told Kashmir Reader.