Protest rally held at Basantbagh
Srinagar: Restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar on Sunday to prevent a protest march called by Joint Resistance Leadership on the anniversary of Gawkadal Massacre.
At least 52 people had killed when government forces opened fire on civilian procession near Gawkadal Bride on January 21 in 1990.
The government had imposed restrictions under section 144 CrPc in areas under seven police stations including Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud.
Police and paramilitary forces in full riot gear were deployed across the city, frisking vehicles and passersby.
Despite restrictions and detention of joint resistance leadership, a protest rally was held at Gawkadal to commemorate the martyrs.
A JRL statement said that several resistance leaders and people from different walks of life participated in the ‘peaceful public rally’ at Basantbagh.
“In 1990, the then home minister of India and founder of today’s ruling party PDP Mufti Muhammad Sayeed deployed fascist governor Jagmohan in Jammu Kashmir with a purpose to kill and oppress Kashmiris and he soon after his arrival in Kashmir, started his criminal campaign from Gawkadal massacre repeated by massacres at Handwara, Kupwara, Sopore, Sailan Poonch, Zakura, Bypass Batamaloo, Magarmal Bagh, Baderwah, Marmat Doda, and Bijebihara, Hazratbal, Gojwara, Mashali Mohalla, Khanyaar, Dalgate etc in coming days and years,” a JRL statement said.