Srinagar: Several pro-freedom parties Wednesday paid tributes to the people killed in Gaw Kadal massacre on January 21, 1990.
In a statement, JKLF chairman Yasin Malik said that on this day thousands of unarmed people came out of their houses to “demand freedom.” “These peaceful protesters were showered with bullets by Indian forces. Same kind of massacres continued at Handwara, Sopore, Sailan Poonch, Zakura, bypass Batamaloo, Magarmal Bagh, Baderwah, Marmat Doda, and Bijbehara etc afterwards,” Malik said while addressing rally at Basant Bagh here.
He said that the sole aim “such brutality was to terrorize people of Kashmir and put an end on the marches towards freedom.” “But India failed in doing so because despite all these killings and oppressive measures, people of Jammu Kashmir have continued their struggle for freedom,” he added.
He said that that January 21 “is an important day of our 5000 year old history and urged the youth to safeguard the sacrifices given by the people of Kashmir. “India is using every tactic to put you away from freedom struggle but you have to keep vigil and safeguard the resistance movement nourished with the sacred blood of our martyrs,” he added.
Syed Ali Geelani led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat organized special prayers here and took out a rally in Gowkadal area to remember the people killed during the firing.
In a statement, a spokesman while quoting Geelani said that an FIR should immediately be registered against the CRPF officers and its personals and the then governor Jagmohan for killing innocent civilians on the day. “The culprits should be given stern punishment. The spokesman further said that the party held special prayers and paid tributes to the “Gaw Kadal Martyrs.”
Senior Hurriyat (M) leader alo0ng with Javed Ahmad Mir also took out a protest rally to commemorate the Gaw Kadal massacre.
In a statement, a spokesman said that the leaders paid tributes to the people killed during the incident.
Bhat, according to the spokesman, while addressing the rally said that termed the sacrifices given by Kashmiris “as the priceless asset of the struggle.”
He appealed international community to respect the aspirations of Kashmiris by playing their role in resolving long-pending issue.