Wounds still alive, says residents
Handwara: Traders federation Hanwara has called for a shutdown on Thursday to commemorate the anniversary of Handwara massacre in which at least 17 people were killed.
Residents say the wounds of the massacre are still alive.
Muzaffar Ahmad, a survivor said that it was January 25, 1990 when a strike was observed in the town and people had taken out a protest against daily killings and Governor’s rule imposed on the state.
“At about 10 am BSF personnel in a vehicle, HVN-7717, came and fired indiscriminately near police station Handwara killing 14 people on spot while as three more injured died later in different hospitals,” Ahmad said.
He said that some people rushed towards the residence of a local political leader Sharif-u-din Shariq who is now a senior leader of national conference, “but the security personals of political leader too fired towards the people and injured many of them.”
“Every year we are observing strike and protests against the massacre but no result,” Ahmad said.
President, Traders Federation Handwara Ajaz Ahmad said that traders have called for complete strike on January 25 in the town.
“People have been asked to assemble in Idd Gah Handwara where we will offer special prayers and homage to the martyrs,” Ajaz said. “It was one of the big massacres in the history of
Kashmir and people still waiting for justice, and our wounds are still alive.”
Eight months after the Jan 25 massacre, the BSF troopers and army went berserk again on October 2, 1990 killing 26 people while property worth crore of rupees was put to ashes, Ajaz said.