Gaw Kadal Massacre Anniversary
Srinagar: Paying glowing tributes to the victims of Gaw Kadal massacre, resistance leaders said on Saturday that “oppressive tactics and brutal massacres” have failed to stop “Kashmir’s march towards freedom in the past and will fail to do so in future”.
The United Resistance Leadership comprising Yasin Malik, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had called for a shutdown and protest to mark the massacre, in which paramilitary CRPF soldiers killed 50 unarmed protesters at Gaw Kadal on January 21, 1990.
“As a one voice, we reiterate our pledge to take the mission of these sacred martyrs to its desired goal,” stated the statement issued by the Leadership.
January 21 is an important day of our 5000-year-old history. On this day thousands of unarmed people came out of their houses to demand freedom and protested against the crackdown of Indian forces. These peaceful people were greeted by bullets of Indian forces and police
The protest program that was held despite restrictions on movement of people and blockade of roads leading to the massacre site was addressed by Raja Meraj ud Din Kalwal from APHC (G), Noor Muhammad Kalwal from JKLF and Ghulam Nabi Zaki from APHC (M).
To prevent protests, police had arrested Malik and put Geelani and Mirwaiz under house arrest.
Paying tributes the martyrs of the massacre, Geelani said, “Kashmiris will never forget the sacrifices rendered by martyrs of these heart-wrenching massacres.”
The Hurriyat (G) leader appealed human rights organizations including Amnesty International to intervene and book the perpetrators of the Gaw Kadal massacre. He said officials involved in the heinous crimes are roaming free and were never prosecuted for their crimes or brought to book.
“I also appeal intellectuals, historians and literary persons to document the massacres and pass it on to next generations. It is an obligation for us to preserve all our records regarding such gruesome events,” he said.