SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom leaders on Wednesday criticised the state for not acting against the perpetrators of Kupwara massacre.
JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, said massacres that happened in January 1990 represent “the ugly face of Indian democracy” in Kashmir.
“Kupwara massacre on 27th January and before that Handwara massacre are glaring examples of state-sponsored Indian terrorism in Kashmir,” Malik said in a statement issued here.
He said Kupwara and several other massacres represent, on one hand, the “Kashmiri resilience and love for freedom” and were, on the other hand, “a glaring example of Indians using their military might to suppress the freedom struggle of Kashmiris”.
“From Gaw Kadal to Kupwara and from Sailan to Handwara, these Kashmiri Jalyanwala Bagh’s are also an ample evidence of the double-faced approach of the international community, which has turned a blind eye on these mass killings,” he said.
He said Kashmiris were fighting for their freedom and martyrs who laid down their lives at Kupwara “are our heroes”.
He condemned the arrest of pro-freedom leaders, including that of JKLF, at Kupwara.
The JKLF (R) patron, Barrister Ab Majid, said 22 years after the incident, the culprits were roaming free while the martyrs relatives were moving from pillar to post to seek justice.
“That bloody massacre sends shivers down the spines of the people of Kupwara. On the fateful day, Kupwara turned into a slaughter house when the forces personnel opened fired indiscriminately upon the innocent civilians resulting in on-spot death of 27 persons and critically injuring about a hundred,” he said in a statement issued here.
“We will never forget sacrifices of the people of Kupwara,” he said and appealed the Amnesty International and other institutions to push India into taking a stringent action against those involved in this massacre.