Handwara: A complete shutdown was observed in Handwara on Thursday on the 28th anniversary of a massacre in which 17 people were shot dead and dozens other injured by government forces n the town on 25 January 1990.
Shops, business establishments, educational centres and petrol pumps remain closed while as public and private transport was also off the roads.
To avoid any untoward incident, administration had deployed forces from police, CRPF and army in and around the town, but there was no restriction on the movement of people.
Ajaz Ahmad, president, traders federation Handwara said that strike call was given by the traders federation Handwara in the memory of people who were killed by the troops of border security forces (BSF) on 25 January 1990 without any provocation. He said large number of people visited the martyrs graveyard on Thursday to pay tributes and rued that the killers were not punished even after 28 years.
“People in groups reached the martyrs graveyard located near the Jamia Qadeem Handwara from the early morning where they offered several special prayers for all the martyrs who lost their lives in massacre and in other blood sheds in the area,” Ajaz said.
Meanwhile, separatist leader Gulam Nabi Waseem and MLA Langate Engineer Rashid also offered special prayers at martyrs graveyard.