SRINAGAR: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik on Saturday said that “Sopore massacre reminds us of Indian oppression and illegal occupation”.
In a statement, Malik while recalling the “brutal act of genocide” by Indian forces at Sopore, said, “So-called rulers, their police and agencies, which are hell bent upon tarnishing and terrorising the lives of thousands of young and old Kashmiris, especially political activists, under the grab of so-called investigations, should spare some time to penalise those who killed and charred more than 60 humans at Sopore on 6 January 1993.”
JKLF chairman, who is detained at central jail Srinagar since January 3, said: “Indian occupation on Jammu Kashmir is marked by massacres like Sopore.”
“Massacres at Gaw Kadal, Batamaloo Bypass, Zakoora, Mashali Mohala in Srinagar, Bijbihara Islamabad (Anantnag), Handwara, Kupwara, Baderwah, Poonch and at many other places are actually a glaring example of how India is keeping Jammu Kashmir with it by military and police might,” he said.
“Brutal killing of thousands, arbitrary arrests, disappearance of thousands in custody, attacks on the chastity of women, burning and blasting down residential houses and putting entire localities and markets on fire, injuring and snatching eyesight of thousands, humiliating elders and young ones and other acts of suppression like these are all examples of Indian brutalities in Jammu Kashmir,” Malik said adding, “The so-called assembly members, local rulers, members of Panchayats and municipal councils are directly or indirectly responsible for these gruesome acts.”
JKLF chairman said the “faces of BSF, CRPF, SOG and Indian army officers and personnel that killed about 60 innocents at Sopore and hundreds of others at other places are well-known but till date no one among them has been penalised or booked which shows the apathy of so-called Indian democracy towards Kashmiris”.
“The so-called rulers who always boast about democracy and healing touch have initiated a new reign of terror against innocent Kashmiris especially political activists in the name of enquiries,” JKLF chief said. “These leaders should save some time to investigate and penalize killers in uniform and deliver justice to those brutalised by their forces.”
Paying rich tributes to Sopore massacre martyrs Yasin Malik said “the blood of these innocent martyrs will never go waste, and today, when we all are recalling the sacrifices of these innocent martyrs, we pledge to take forward their mission at every cost”.
He also expressed solidarity with the families of the massacre victim.