Geelani calls for shutdown in Gaw Kadal on Jan 21

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Monday called for a complete shutdown in Gaw Kadal and adjoining areas on January 21 to commemorate the anniversary of 1990 massacre.
Geelani also called for shutdown in Handwara and Kupwara towns on January 25 and 27 respectively.
In a statement, Geelani said that asked people to organize special prayers on these days. “On these days a large number of people were massacred at these places by the Indian army,” he said.
He said that people must observe these days to aware the younger generation about the historical perspective of Kashmir dispute. “India and its agencies want that the new generation of Kashmir should remain unaware about the historic perspective of the Kashmir dispute. So our responsibility is to remember these incidents and the brave sons of the soil,” he said.
He also appealed the international human rights organizations to play their role in conducting an impartial investigation into all massacres.
Paying tributes to the people killed during the Gawkadal massacre, a Hurriyat (M) spokesman said that t”he blood of martyrs was the priceless asset to Kashmiris.”
He further said the sacrifices offered by Kashmiris have internationalized the Kashmir cause and brought the attention of world towards the lingering dispute.
“Despite passing of 25 years, the spokesman said not a single trooper involved in the Gawkadal massacre has been convicted or put behind the bars for committing crime against the humanity,” he added.
The spokesman also paid tributes to the militants killed in a gun battle at Saidapora, Sopore.