SRINAGAR: National Conference Tuesday accused Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) pa¬tron Mufti Muhammad Sayed and for¬mer Governor of the state Jagmohan of “orchestrating “ Gaw Kadal and other massacres in Kashmir.
In a statement, NC’s addi¬tional general secretary Mustafa Kamal said, “It was during Mufti Sayeed’s rule as the Home Min¬ister of India, with Jagmohan as his comrade-in-arms, that a reign of terror was unleashed on the people of Kashmir, and just within days after Jagmohan was made the governor, around 300 innocent people were killed across length and breadth of Kashmir like sitting ducks.”
“Jagmohan and Mufti Sayeed were partners in a phased era of atrocities on Kashmiris. The era of repression that was unleashed on hapless Kashmiris during Muf¬ti Sayeed’s direct, unrestricted rule in Kashmir as the Home Min¬ister of India is dotted by countless massacres of the innocent people of Kashmir,” Kamal alleged.
He said that during Mufti Say¬eed’s stint as Home Minister of India “Kashmir saw some of its darkest and bloodiest chapters of suppression and gory bloodshed.”
“Mufti Sayeed gave Kashmir Jagmohan as governor–in con¬nivance with the Hindu Right Wing in Delhi. What Jagmohan did in Kashmir is recorded in blotted, red ink in the pages of history,” he added.
“The memories of the Gawkadal massacre and dozen other similar massacres are still afresh in the hearts and minds of the Kashmiri nation and the people of Kashmir will never forget the ‘sinful relation’ between Mufti Sayeed and Jagmo¬han for what they unleashed on the defenceless people,” Kamal said.
He said that said that on Janu¬ary 21, around 55 civilians were shot dead, at Gawkadal Bridge on Jagmohan’s orders “giving a hint to people that what Jagmohan was tasked with by the then Union home minister. “
“The list is too long. People of Kashmir were hunted down as sit¬ting ducks with Mufti Sayeed at the helm of affairs. On January 25 – firing in Handwara, 26 civilians were shot dead. On March 1 – Gov¬ernor ordered shoot-at-sight or¬ders, again with the seal from the Home Ministry, against protestors marching towards UNMOGIP in Sonawar, 47 civilians were gunned down,” Kamal said.
“On May 21– around 73 mourn¬ers, part of Shaheed Mirwaiz Fa¬rooq’s funeral procession were shot dead by security forces. Close to a 100 mourners injured,” he said.
Kamal said that on Septem¬ber 11, 1990 troops opened fire on a bus carrying civilians. “22 persons were killed on spot. Nine passengers were charred to death. On October 1, in a firing by BSF in Handwara 20 civilians were shot dead,” he said