Geelani, Shah call for shutdown in Sopore tomorrow

Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat JK leader Shabir Ahmad Shah on Sunday called for a shutdown in Sopore on January 6 to commemorate the killing of 55 persons by the BSF personnel on this day in 1993.
In a statement, Geelani said that there will be a complete shutdown in Sopore on January 6 to remember those killed by forces on the fateful day.
“After mid-day prayers, protests and a common gathering shall be held at Jamia Masjid Sopore,” Geelani said.
Chairman Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Shah while paying tributes to the martyrs of Sopore Massacre has also called for shutdown in Sopore on the same day.
“We can never forget those 55 innocent people who were massacred by Indian forces on January 6, 1993. They sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom and our hearts will always remember them,” Shah in a statement.
“By perpetrating the massacres like Sopore, Gaw Kadal, Handwara, Kupwara, Hawal, Shopian, Mashali Mohalla, Bijbehara, Hazratbal and others, Indian forces have made it clear that they are not bound by any law nor are they accountable for their crimes,” he added.
Appealing international human rights organizations and United Nations to initiate probes in such massacres, Shah said the UN should hold India accountable for its grave human rights violations in Kashmir and should pressurize it to let the people of Kashmir decide their political future.