JRL calls for shutdown on Jan 21 in Gaw Kadal, adjacent areas

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Tuesday called for a complete shutdown on Jan 21 at Gaw Kadal and its adjacent areas, on Jan 25 in Handwara town and on Jan 27 in Kupwara town to mark a protest against the massacres that took place in the respective places in 1990.

The leadership as per the statement issued to here, said that a public rally will also be held at Gaw-Kadal on Jan 21.

Terming the massacres at Gaw-Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara in 1990 as a reminder of ‘Indian illegal occupation and oppression’, JRL said that “Indian military occupation started its killing machine from Gaw-Kadal when on 21st January 1990; its forces opened their guns on peaceful protesters and callously murdered more than 50 innocents within an hour. This massacre was followed by massacres at Handwara and Kupwara where hundreds of Kashmiris were gunned down by Indian police and forces with impunity.”

The pro-freedom leaders said that united India during its struggle for freedom against British witnessed only one Jalianwala Bagh massacre but Kashmiris have witnessed dozens of such massacres carried out by Indian forces from 1990 and this carnage is still going on unabated.

They said that “the sole aim of India is to terrorize people of Kashmir through these brutal massacres and put an end to resistance movement but India failed to do so in past and will fail to do so in future too.”

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