Handwara shuts to mark massacre anniversary

Baramulla: Complete shutdown was observed in Handwara town of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district Sunday the 25th 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.
All shops, business establishments, financial institutions in main town and other neighbouring areas remained closed and public transport was also off the roads, reports said.
The shutdown call was given by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and was supported by Traders Federation Handwara.
Talking to Kashmir Reader president Traders Federation Handwara, Ajaz Ahmad said that, large number of people offered special prayers in different locations on Sunday and paid tribute to people killed in the massacre.
Meanwhile, authorities had deployed police and para-military CRPF personnel in strength to foil pro-freedom protests in the area.